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Tom Bonner succeeds Elliot Bradbrook as Dartford FC captain

Tom Bonner says being named Dartford captain is the proudest moment of his career.

Bonner has inherited the armband from Elliot Bradbrook, who is set to be used more sparingly this season.

Centre-half Bonner has played 259 times for Darts in two spells but this tops anything that's gone before.

Tom Bonner in action for Dartford last season Picture: Andy Payton
Tom Bonner in action for Dartford last season Picture: Andy Payton

"I can't wait," he said. "The two new managers have come in with different ideas and I'm excited to see how it goes.

"When I spoke to them in the summer, Elliot's taken a bit of a step back and they saw me being captain which is a massive honour.

"It won't be easy to follow in El's footsteps but when you speak to the new managers and they tell you they want you to be captain, it's probably the proudest moment of my career."

Bonner started 38 league games last season as Dartford finished second in National League South before losing to Braintree in the play-offs.

They've since been joined in the division by Woking, Torquay, Billericay, Dulwich and Slough.

Bonner said: "The two teams that came down and all the teams that have been promoted are going to be up there so it's by far the strongest I've ever seen the National League South.

"But we're Dartford and I want us challenging for the league again. Play-offs is the minimum.

"Even though the league's stronger, I believe we'll also be stronger.

"Less people have spoken about Dartford this year because of the teams that have joined the league and a few clubs are throwing money about.

"After the disappointment of last year, people might think that was Dartford's chance but not me. I want us to have another crack at the title."

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