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Dartford FC defender Ronnie Vint tipped for big things by captain Tom Bonner

By Steve Tervet

Tom Bonner believes his Dartford team-mate Ronnie Vint is destined for big things.

Vint, 22, has already made 117 appearances for the Darts and plays like he's been around forever.

The academy graduate has been linked with a move to the Football League and Bonner, his centre-half partner, isn't surprised.

Ronnie Vint plays the ball away from Folkestone's Ade Yusuff Picture: Paul Amos
Ronnie Vint plays the ball away from Folkestone's Ade Yusuff Picture: Paul Amos

"I love playing with Ron," he said. "I look after him a bit and try to pass on some of my wisdom.

"Dartford have done really well keeping him. He had interest from other clubs and if he gets his head down and performs how he can, I think he's got a massive career ahead of him and I'd like to play a little part in the start of that.

"For his age, he's so aggressive. If you look at him, he's a bit of a specimen.

"One of the main problems when you're young is that you can get bullied and you have to toughen up but Ron's got that instilled in him. He's always the aggressor and especially in the lower leagues that's the biggest thing.

"When people watch him, they think 'he's a good centre-half, he's strong' and then they realise he's only just turned 22.

Tom Bonner keeps an eye on Harry Ottoway during Dartford's 2-0 win at Folkestone Picture: Paul Amos
Tom Bonner keeps an eye on Harry Ottoway during Dartford's 2-0 win at Folkestone Picture: Paul Amos

"He's a great footballer as well. Ron's got everything you need to be a good centre-back - I rate him that highly."

Vint and Bonner are targeting promotion to the National League with Dartford this season.

Bonner said: "I told Ron 'you've just got to play, don't worry too much about getting a move or playing as high as you can, just be at a club where you're going to play and showcase yourself' and Dartford is perfect for that.

"If he stays injury-free this season he'll perform well and playing games is the main thing for him."

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