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Dartford FC in the market for strikers after bringing Luke Wandio back to the club

By Steve Tervet

Dartford’s hunt for strikers intensified this week after the capture of another key target.

Winger Luke Wanadio is back at Princes Park, having left in 2017 to make the step up with Bromley.

The Darts squad is taking shape nicely but joint-bosses Jamie Coyle and Adam Flanagan know there’s still one big hole to fill.

Dartford joint-managers Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford joint-managers Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle Picture: Andy Payton

“Our main focus still is the frontline,” said Coyle. “We need to add a potent goal threat and we’ve got our sights on two that we’re discussing as we speak.

“There are two lads we’ve been talking to for a good six to eight weeks now so we’re hoping we can get something done.

“That will complete our squad really early on so we can get our heads around how we’re going to go formation-wise and start concreting how we’re going to develop the side in pre-season.”

Wanadio’s signing has gone down particularly well with Darts fans because of the impact he made in his first spell.

The 26-year-old scored 13 goals in 53 appearances during 2016/17 before moving on to Bromley and then Aldershot.

Coyle said: “He’s progressed since he left the club and you forget how young he is so he’s still got opportunities to develop and hopefully help us push the club forward.

“A lot of these players are going to attract a lot of attention and a number of offers but the experience Luke had previously at the club... he was a real fans favourite.

“He wanted to meet me and Adam, see what we’re about and he was really excited to agree and sign. He’s got attributes we really missed last year. We knew we needed to add more pace and creativity.

“I feel, with Luke, we’ve got that, and he also offers a goal threat. He’s got a good games-to-goals ratio so we’re excited to work with him.”

Dartford have announced their first four pre-season friendlies.

They will host Ebbsfleet on July 9, Gillingham on July 16, Leyton Orient on July 20 and Bromley on July 23.

Meanwhile, the club’s community fun day takes place at Princes Park on Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Activities include a football tournament, music and live bands, beat Kevin the Dart, bouncy castle, walking football and face painting. Entry and parking are free.

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