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Dartford FC boss Tony Burman on whether he could sign Maidstone United defender Tom Mills

By Steve Tervet

Dartford boss Tony Burman has not ruled out a move for Maidstone’s transfer-listed left-back Tom Mills.

Mills has another year to run on his Stones contract but will leave the Gallagher Stadium this summer because of work and personal commitments.

But a drop to National League South could suit the Sheppey-based player, who played almost 350 games for Jay Saunders’ side.

Tom Mills in action for Maidstone Picture: Andy Jones
Tom Mills in action for Maidstone Picture: Andy Jones

Burman has already confirmed he wants to sign a left-back this summer following the departure of Tom Wynter to Margate.

Burman said: "Tom’s one of many good players. He’s a name that’s cropped up but that’s as far as it’s gone.

"He’s still under contract with Maidstone and I’m sure there will be a lot of other clubs in for him as well.

"There’s a number of players we’re looking at in that position. We’ve made no secret of that – it’s there to be seen.

"Having said that, Keaton Wood can play at left-back.

"I’m not in a rush to do anything. The mad month of May is nearly over and it always calms down by the middle to end of June. You get a lot more options becoming available.

"It’s one of those things that happens and you just have to be patient.

"I’m more than happy with what we’ve done at the moment.

"We know one or two players will be added to the squad and that will happen when it’s ready to happen.

"Yes, I’d like to have another defender and with Tom and other names available, you look into it and that’s what we’re doing."

Dartford may also need to bring in a winger this summer after Luke Wanadio rejected a new deal at Princes Park and signed for Bromley.

Dartford's Keaton Wood captained England C against the Panjab FA Picture: David Loveday
Dartford's Keaton Wood captained England C against the Panjab FA Picture: David Loveday

Wood, meanwhile, captained England C to a 2-1 victory over the Panjab FA on Sunday.

The 21-year-old defender recently agreed to stay with the Darts next season and was rewarded for a good season at club level by making his international debut.

Burman said: "Being captain is an excellent honour for him and he’s that sort of guy. He’s got such a great attitude and deserves it.

"Coming from Millwall, he’s enjoyed himself and I’m pleased it’s been recognised.

"He just gets on with it. He’s got a fantastic attitude towards being professional, he’s delayed his holiday to be with the England set-up and it shows you what sort of guy he is.

"His attitude is one of the best we’ve worked with."

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