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Dartford FC boss Tony Burman needs to sign a goalkeeper on loan while Deren Ibrahim is away with Gibraltar

By Steve Tervet

Dartford are on the hunt for a goalkeeper to replace Deren Ibrahim when he goes away with Gibraltar for international duty this weekend.

Ibrahim is available for Dartford's trip to Hemel Hempstead on Saturday but will miss the home game against East Thurrock on Monday and the match at Hampton & Richmond on September 2.

Manager Tony Burman is looking to bring someone in on loan but it's proving problematic.

Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton

He said: "The way the league have changed the rules with the loan situation, it’s not making anything any easier.

"You can take a goalkeeper on loan but you’ve got to have him for 28 days. If they get called back by the loaning club, they still can’t play for 28 days for their own team. When you’re talking about a youth loan player, it seems a little bit strange.

"We’re getting punished because we’ve got a player who needs to play for his country and we’re being punished even further because I need to get a goalkeeper in of the same calibre.

"At the moment, I’m having trouble doing that. Even from the Premier League, where Brighton have helped us before, I’ve got to take a goalkeeper until January. There is no short-term loan.

"I’ve been trying to do it but when I mention it’s only for two games, they’re saying ‘oh no, we can’t do that’ so I’m trying to find someone who’s not on contract somewhere, who might be training with someone and we’ll go from there."

The only other goalkeeper in Dartford's squad is academy graduate Tony Coxall.

Dartford's young back-up goalkeeper Tony Coxall Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford's young back-up goalkeeper Tony Coxall Picture: Andy Payton

Burman said: "Tony’s signed for Rochester (in Southern Counties East) so he can get some games in, which he badly needs. He needs to be playing adult football.

"He’s not ready, he’s not the same calibre. Tony’s gone to Rochester to play there but I shouldn’t be punished because we haven’t got… It’s one of the areas where we can’t have another goalkeeper the same calibre as Del because he’d be playing as a No.1 somewhere.

"I just feel we’re getting punished because we’ve had a player called up and, at the moment, I can’t just go and sign someone. It’s not been as easy as people might think."

Gibraltar play Belgium next Thursday and Bosnia on September 3.

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