Published: 11:29, 11 July 2021
Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler has landed a forward on loan from a League 1 club.
Whites have agreed a season-long loan deal with AFC Wimbledon for forward Aaron Cosgrave, who spent last season with Isthmian League Lewes.
The 21-year-old has previously played for Welling and Chelmsford having started his career at Colchester and West Ham.
AFC Wimbledon signed him last week after he impressed in a game against Liverpool under-23s last season.
He trained with the League 1 outfit at the end of last season and did enough to convince their manager Mark Robinson that he was worth offering a deal to.
"Aaron came in last season to train with us when we had a few trialists in and he really caught my eye, so I kept him around,” Robinson said.
"He played the first-half of the game versus Liverpool Under-23s and I thought he was a real threat. I didn’t feel he was quite ready to be in the squad, but he is certainly too good to let go, so we’ve got him a loan lined up already.
"It won’t be costing us anything in that respect because we will be getting his wages back, and I just want to get him out on loan to see what he can do.
"He has come back in pre-season and he looks really lively. I am confident he can go out on loan, bang the goals in, and be someone we can pull back in, maybe this season, but if not in the future. He is only 21 and he’s an exciting player."
After signing for AFC Wimbledon, Cosgrave told the club website: "It’s a great opportunity. I’ve been training with the club since the back end of last season. I got to know all the boys, the staff and Robbo.
"They’ve been great and training has been great. I’m just delighted to finally put pen to paper and I’ve signed this deal. I’m quick. I like to get in behind. I like to get on the ball and beat players, quite direct and I like to score goals.”