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Dartford manager Steve King on making new signings for the long term

ByMatthew Panting

Dartford manager Steve King won’t make rash signings for the sake of it.

The Darts only had 14 senior players available for last Saturday’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round defeat to Kingstonian.

Dartford manager Steve King. Picture: Andy Jones
Dartford manager Steve King. Picture: Andy Jones

But any newcomers to Princes Park have to be part of King’s long-term plans rather than a quick fix.

King drafted in right-back Jordan Gibbons last week and midfielder Billy Crook returned from East Thurrock.

But with quality players at a premium as they are already under contract elsewhere, options in the short term could be limited.

“It’s tough because players that I would sign are on contract at other places,” said King.

“We’ve got a thin squad, we had only 14 senior players at the weekend and three on the bench from the youth team.

“It’s about getting the right players in. We can all go and sign them tomorrow but it’s about getting the right ones.

“I want players I can build something with. I don’t want to get people in for the short term.

“I want to start to build so I don’t want to keep chopping and changing.

“It’s what becomes available and if I think it’s what we need. I’ve been offered players but they are not what we need.”

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