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Dartford's Jordan Wynter says they need to prove they are one of the best teams in National League South

Dartford midfielder Jordan Wynter says they need to do their talking on the pitch.

The Darts were beaten in the National League South play-off final last season and in Steve King they have the most successful manager in the division’s history.

Dartford midfielder Jordan Wynter. Picture: Andy Jones (42742929)
Dartford midfielder Jordan Wynter. Picture: Andy Jones (42742929)

With summer signings including the gifted Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong, it is no surprise that Darts are 5/1 joint-favourites to win the title alongside Havant.

“A lot of people have touted us to be one of the favourites,” acknowledged Wynter.

“It’s all good people saying that but we need to go out and prove that we’re one of the best teams in this league.

“That’s everyone’s aim in the squad, that’s what we have to show when we get the chance on the pitch.

“I’ve been involved in some teams when we’re not dominating as much. This season we’ve got a strong squad, we definitely have enough to dominate each and every game.

“It’s about us going out and being professional. We all know our jobs individually and if we all do that then we should dominate games. It’s a good look.

“I feel that we’ve got the best midfield in the league in terms of what we can put out in the XI and then also what can come on off the bench.

“There’s a real threat even with the players out of the squad who could walk into many teams in this league.

“There’s a lot of depth and ability in this squad so it’s quite exciting when everything starts to click.”

Wynter is being deployed in his favourite holding midfield role this season.

There’s competition all over the squad with Darts boss King carrying a 23-man squad but it’s a role that suits Wynter’s game perfectly.

He provides sufficient cover to allow Dartford’s attack-minded midfielders the freedom to express themselves.

“We haven’t spoken about it as I’ve always been a versatile player,” said Wynter.

“I played at right-back and filled in there for a while, I’ve moved forward as well, and have played a bit of centre-back the season before last.

“Wherever the manager puts me I’m happy to play, it’s all about getting as many games and minutes as possible.

“The reading of the game tactically, I try to be switched on and more disciplined than other players.

“Some people have the ability to go forward and they get carried away and go and get a goal or do something amazing. I feel that you need one or two players in and around that position that are disciplined and that’s one of the assets that I bring to the team. That’s what I try to do every time I play.

“There’s a lot of ball-playing players in front of me and there’s a lot of depth in the squad as well.

“Whoever plays I’m confident, even if I’m not on the field, that we can get the job done. It’s a pleasure playing in that holding role, that’s my favourite position. I enjoy it quite a lot.”

Dartford continue their league campaign at Chippenham on Tuesday, a game that was postponed on Saturday due to the hosts’ FA Cup involvement.

There’s still no fans allowed in National League South matches but Wynter says they’re now used to the unique atmosphere that brings.

“As it’s been happening for some time, since we started back in the play-offs, it feels normal to some extent now,” he said.

“I don’t feel there’s an advantage now if you’re playing home or away. The advantage we have is by having a better team. It would be a lot better if we had our fans at home to be our 12th man when we go forward.

“It’s weird but because it’s been going on for a while now it feels normal. I miss the chants and the fans signing songs, that’s what some of us players thrive off so hopefully it can happen soon but with what’s going on we can’t bank on it as of yet.”

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