JIM PARMENTER cannot wait for Sunday to arrive – so he can start talking to players he hopes will sign for Dover next season.
Many players are out of contract after May 7 and manager Clive Walker has already given his list of targets to the Whites chairman.
Jim said: “I can safely say that fans can expect some good news this summer. We will be strengthening the squad in all areas and hope to add some experience to the excellent young pool of players we currently have.
“Obviously I cannot mention what targets we have because players are still under contract to their current clubs but we will be in a position to talk to them from Sunday onwards.”
Jim cannot believe some of the messages he has been reading from some supporters on this site’s fans forum – following our 2-1 Kent Senior Cup Final defeat to Conference South club Margate on Bank Holiday Monday.
He said: “Some fans are criticising players and I think it is a bit out of line. Every young player who we’ve signed deserve their contract and are players that Clive and myself believe are good enough to be involved in a championship-winning side in Ryman One next season.
“Young players can improve and of course they lack experience but to write some of them off is plain silly. We’ll be adding experience to the squad because we are under no illusions that you need that.
“However, it must be remembered that Clive has improved the current squad no end since he arrived in January and our form was that of a side chasing a play-off place. So how can some fans suggest the current squad is not good enough?”
Craig Cloke has signed a TWO-YEAR deal, keeping him at the club until May 2007. Clokey, who has completed the Quad at the Player of the Year Awards, after he was also named Website Player of the Year yesterday, was contracted next season already.
Yet the club offered him a one-year extension and that is being signed today.
Meanwhile, Jim said that keeper Paul Hyde is leaving the club after failing to agree personal terms.
He said: “We offered Victor Renner and Paul Hyde deals and the deadline has now passed – so we move on and look at other players.
“Narada Bernard is a player we would love to sign and he has promised to give us an answer tomorrow (Wednesday).”
Dover Athletic are delighted to announce that Steve Nolan is re-joining the club to become Clive Walker’s assistant manager.
Nolan coached the Dover Athletic reserve side a few years ago but left for Sittingbourne, where he had a stint as manager this season.