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Dartford joint-bosses Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle to give ex-AFC Wimbledon player Sam Hatton another chance to impress

By Luke Cawdell

Dartford’s management team are keen to have another look at former AFC Wimbledon player Sam Hatton this weekend.

Hatton agreed to join Wealdstone at the end of last season but Dartford seized their opportunity to have a look at the experienced campaigner when he unexpectedly became available again.

Hatton, who has played professionally for Stevenage, Wimbledon, Grimsby and Aldershot, slotted in at right-back for the Darts on Tuesday in the side’s 3-0 defeat to Gillingham. The versatile 30-year-old can also play midfield.

Dartford joint-bosses Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle want another look at Sam Hatton Picture: Andy Jones
Dartford joint-bosses Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle want another look at Sam Hatton Picture: Andy Jones

Joint-boss Adam Flanagan said: “He is someone known to myself and Jamie (Coyle, fellow manager). He came in on Tuesday and I think he did quite well. I think his natural position is more centre midfield. We will have a look at him there and we will make a call after the game on Saturday.”

Flanagan and Coyle are having to make a number of decisions on players, including several trialists. They have already let Matt Carter and Tarryn Allarkhia leave the club.

Carter, a former Charlton youngster, scored in the 4-1 win over Sevenoaks last Saturday and Flanagan said: “He is a very talented young footballer but we feel that coming out of a pro environment he needs a season at a level below this standard.

“He didn’t play a lot of football at Charlton and I think this season is a big one for him. He needs to be active most weeks to further his development and we don’t feel we are in a position to give him that.”

Right-winger Allarkhia, released by Colchester, is the same, with Flanagan saying: “He was a nice lad, technically good, performed well in training but again we didn’t feel he delivered within the matches. That might be a little brutal, because they only get a set amount of minutes, but he's another player who has come out of pro football and needs to find his way in non-league.”

Decisions are imminent on Billy Roast, who started Tuesday’s game against the Gills in central defence, Manny Igahore and Simon Mensah. The Darts also included keeper Ryan Nicholls, who played for half an hour on Tuesday night.

Darts, meanwhile, have announced that Warren Mfula and Richard Sho-Silva have been released while Tom Murphy has been handed a deal for another year.

Flanagan said: "Tom needed to attain certain targets, to go away and get into the shape he has always been. He agreed, he's worked his socks off and shown us he wants to be at the club."

Darts host League 2 Colchester on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.

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