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Dartford have offered winger Luke Wanadio new terms for next season

By Steve Tervet

Dartford manager Tony Burman is prepared to wait for Luke Wanadio.

The winger has been offered a new deal but is considering his options after a fine first season at Princes Park.

Burman is naturally keen to keep hold of the 24-year-old but won't push Wanadio for an answer straight away.

Luke Wanadio on the ball for Dartford Picture: Andy Payton
Luke Wanadio on the ball for Dartford Picture: Andy Payton

"Luke’s very ambitious," Burman said. "I gave him his offer and he needs more time to think about it.

"I respect what he’s doing there and whatever decision he comes back with, I’ll be behind him anyway because he’s done ever so well for us.

"I wouldn’t want to see him go but these things happen.

"He’s ambitious and he wants to play at the highest level he can. There’s no rush because I’ve got the nucleus signed so he can have a little bit more time."

Wanadio signed for Dartford at the end of July last year following a trial period.

He was later joined in the squad by striker Duane Ofori-Acheampong, who came on board just days before the start of the season.

Burman said: "It took me a long time to get Duane to sign (last year) and it took me a long time to get Luke to sign.

"I wanted them to go away in the summer, know what they’re doing and come back in pre-season with all guns blazing.

"I’ve got players in mind who I want to talk to and who I have spoken to. We’re in the second week in May and things are looking really good."

More from Tony Burman in the Dartford Messenger, out Thursday.

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