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Dartford captain Tom Bonner endorses new boss Steve King's change of approach

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Dartford skipper Tom Bonner says positive changes are already evident early on in Steve King’s time at the helm.

King has set out to polish Darts into a footballing outfit since being appointed as successor to joint-managers Jamie Coyle and Adam Flanagan.

Dartford captain Tom Bonner in action against Chippenham Picture: Phil Lee
Dartford captain Tom Bonner in action against Chippenham Picture: Phil Lee

Echoing his manager’s remarks, Bonner insists it will take time.

“He’s come in, got his own ideas,” said Bonner.

“We’ve really stepped the intensity up in training, he wants Dartford to be a more footballing side and it’s been good.

“It’s not going to happen overnight but for the plans he’s got Dartford are only going to get better in my opinion.

“I’ve been at Dartford for a long time and we’ve never really been known as a footballing side.

“It’s definitely something we’re looking to do and to transition to, but as I said it’s not going to happen overnight.

“We’ve bought into it and if people haven’t bought into it there will be changes.”

While aware of the need for patience, Bonner admits his side must get results.

He added: “It would have been nice to get a couple of wins, it was obviously disappointing to go out in the cup last week.

“But I think in the performances there has been a glimmer of what we’re trying to do and where we’re trying to go.

“It is going to take time but we do want to pick up points in that time so although it’s looking good we can’t be too happy without picking up the three points.

“It’s a bit of a tricky one, we are happy and looking to do the right thing but hopefully the results will come as well.”

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