Dover Athletic are delighted to confirm the signing of defender Connor Essam on loan from fellow National League club Eastleigh for the rest of the season.

Essam, 24, who captained Dover during his first spell at Crabble during the 2014-15 campaign, signed for the Spitfires last summer having joined them from Leyton Orient.

He played 42 games for Whites prior to joining Orient in July 2015 where he made 26 appearances in League Two before re-joining Dover on loan in March last season.

The centre-back went on to make nine appearances for boss Chris Kinnear’s men

He previously had spells at Dartford, Crawley and Luton, having started his career as a trainee at Gillingham.

Welcome back Connor!.


  1. Great news. Hopefully this will allow us to play better defensive football rather than the hoof-ball that is so crude. Is it also possible that when we defend set-pieces, we might leave some players in attacking positions – or am I dreaming?

  2. you have hit the nail right on the head.most of the time hitting the ball up front 9 times out of 10 it is wasted as there is no one up there attacking, why dont they do what other teams do and roll the ball out from the keeper and pass it up front from the back players

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