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Dartford FC boss Tony Burman delighted to agree new deals with 10 players

By Steve Tervet

Tony Burman says the business he’s done at Dartford this week has exceeded his wildest expectations.

Burman has already agreed new deals with 10 members of his squad while only one player has left the club.

Player-of-the-year Duane Ofori-Acheampong is among those to have signed a new contract along with highly-rated young defender Keaton Wood.

Darts boss Tony Burman Picture Andy Payton

Darts boss Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton

Club captain Elliot Bradbrook has also committed for 2017-18 alongside fellow club legends Ryan Hayes, Lee Noble and Danny Harris.

Deren Ibrahim, Andy Pugh, Alex Brown and Tom Murphy complete the retained list while defenders Ronnie Vint and Tom Bonner were already contracted.

Less than two weeks since their play-off defeat to Chelmsford, Dartford already have the foundation for another promotion push in National League South.

Burman said: "I’m delighted with what I’ve done in a week-and-a-bit.

"Usually it drags on for quite a while and that’s what I didn’t want to get involved with.

"It’s something I didn’t dream of, to be fair. It hasn’t happened for a long time.

"I know it’s the same players but why break a good group up? We can tinker about with it and hopefully make it better.

"All the players have had the experience of last season and they’ve shown they want to do better again this year.

Duane Ofori-Acheampong has signed a new deal at Dartford Picture Martin Apps

Duane Ofori-Acheampong has signed a new deal at Dartford Picture: Martin Apps

"No-one’s got a massive pay rise or anything like that. They understand we had a good group together last year and they want to continue that.

"They’ve done well this year, deserved to finish third in the league and they want to take it a step further.

"The nucleus of the squad is excellent and I can now be careful and patient and add to that in certain areas. I was worried we weren’t going to get all those players signed.

"The more experienced ones are always a plus in the squad and they were excellent last year but the younger players have had the experience of being in a team who are looking to be promoted."

Left-back Tom Wynter has joined Margate on a two-year deal while winger Luke Wanadio, who’s been offered a new contract at Dartford, is weighing up his options.

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