Andy Hessenthaler has made his first signing as Dover manager.

Midfielder Stuart Lewis joins on a two-year deal from Maidstone United and is set to make his debut at Harrogate Town on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Lewis was captain at the Stones and made 74 appearances for our National League rivals after making the move to the Gallagher Stadium on loan from Ebbsfleet United in January 2017.

He won the Maidstone Supporters’ Player-of-the-Year award three months later before making the move a permanent one last summer.

Before joining Maidstone, Lewis made 83 appearances, scoring seven goals for Ebbsfleet after arriving from Wycombe Wanderers two years earlier – he Lewis was Fleet’s  Player-of-the-Year for the 2015–16 campaign.

He was one of Wanderers’ longer-serving players, having joined the club from Dagenham & Redbridge in January 2011 after a successful loan spell, and made a total of 168 appearances, scoring eight times.

Lewis, who will wear the number 27 shirt for Dover, has also played in the Football League  with Barnet, Stevenage, Gillingham and Dagenham.

Welcome to Crabble Stuart!!