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Dartford manager Tony Burman has no doubts if club's youngsters are needed for play-off bid

By Luke Cawdell

Dartford boss Tony Burman is willing to lean on the club’s youth if needed to help with the promotion push.

Five young academy players have signed first-team forms to add strength to Burman’s squad ahead of an expected National League South play-off campaign.

Richard Gregory, Harry Kingdon, Henri Fulton, Eli Graham and Gilepsie Menga have all been rewarded for their efforts in the youth team.

Ben Francis, right, is out on loan but Darts boss Tony Burman will be happy to call on the youngster if needed Picture: Andy Payton

Fellow youngsters Richard Seixas, Ben Francis and Kaka Dembele are all out on loan and can also be called back by Burman if they are needed.

“If I have to use them I will,” said the Darts boss.

“We have rewarded the academy boys for what they have done throughout the season. There are a couple of forwards but they are mainly defenders and it is just in case we have a lot of injuries coming up to the play-off area.

“I have no problem putting them into the squad if need be.

“The best thing for Kaka, Ben and Richard to do this month is to get as many games in as they can. If they are needed, they will be ready.”

Burman also managed to resolve his goalkeeper issue before last Thursday’s transfer deadline.

He has brought back Louis Wells from Leatherhead on dual registration for the remainder of the season as cover for Deren Ibrahim, who is back from international duty.

Loan keeper Billy Collings is only on a 28-day loan from Brighton and so Burman would not have had cover if Ibrahim was injured.

Ibrahim played for Gibraltar on Saturday in their World Cup qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina, losing 5-0. Their next game is against Cyprus on June 9.

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