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Dover players face extra training after Conference Premier promotion

22 May 2014
by Richard Harvey

Jake Leberl knows what it takes to win the Conference Premier title.

Dover’s assistant manager got his hands on the silverware with Dagenham in 2007 and says it took a lot of hard work and commitment, qualities those in the current Whites squad will need next season.

But he knows it’s going to be a huge ask for some, given the changes in planning to training schedules ahead of Whites first season in the top-flight for 12 years.

Leberl said a third extra weekly training session is in the pipeline to help cope with the physical demands of playing in Conference Premier.

He said: “That (the extra training session) is only the start of it - you have also got to factor in the all the considerable travel that will now be involved playing in this competition.

“That means it will need a huge commitment for most to work it all into their daily work life.

“It’s one of the toughest aspects of being a non-league footballer - trying to juggle work and football commitments and it’s not easy I can tell you.

“We are not full-time like most we will play against next season, so that means we have got to work extra hard when we can to ensure we are ready to meet the huge challenge ahead of us."

Dover assistant manager Jake Leberl (fifth from left) enjoys the celebrations after beating Ebbsfleet 1-0 in the play-off final. Picture Andy Payton FM3178333

Dover assistant manager Jake Leberl (fifth from left) enjoys the celebrations after beating Ebbsfleet 1-0 in the play-off final. Picture: Andy Payton FM3178333

As for any new arrivals or departures at Crabble, Leberl said it was still early days.

He said: “It’s been a case of seeing who is available at this stage.

“There will be some changes to the squad, but to be honest, there is no point letting anyone go if you don’t have a replacement.”

One player Leberl did say was in negotiations to stay at the club is the man whose goal sealed the 1-0 play-off final victory at Ebbsfleet, striker Nathan Elder.

He said: “Chris (manager Chris Kinnear) has had initial talks with him, so I’d like to think that will all work out.”

Whites have also released their ticket prices for next season, a campaign which will see former Football League teams including Bristol Rovers, Wrexham, Grimsby and Hereford making the trip to Crabble.

Season Ticket Prices
Early Bird Tickets
For tickets purchased before 30th June
Adult: £270
Over 60: £230
Under 18: £85

For tickets purchased after 30th June
Adult: £315
Over 60: £255
Under 18: £110

Prices on match day
Adult: £15
Over 60: £12
Under 18: £6
Under 11:FREE (with adult)

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