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Dover Athletic sign former Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson


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Dover Athletic have completed the signing of former Gillingham keeper Stuart Nelson.

The 40-year-old has put pen to paper with Andy Hessenthaler's Whites to play in National League South this season.

Dover have signed veteran keeper Stuart Nelson for the new season. Picture: Richard Harvey/Dover Athletic FC
Dover have signed veteran keeper Stuart Nelson for the new season. Picture: Richard Harvey/Dover Athletic FC

Nelson made 223 appearances for Gillingham - Ron Hillyard and John Simpson are the only goalkeepers to have played more games for the club.

He played every game during the title-winning 2012/13 season under Martin Allen at Gills.

Most recently, Nelson played twice for League 2 newboys Sutton in March. He was previously at Crawley and Dorking Wanderers while he was the regular no.1 for Yeovil in the National League in the 2019/20 season, ironically keeping a clean sheet at Dover in March 2020, just before the season was halted due to Covid.

Dover boss Hessenthaler has already kept hold of experienced centre-back Jake Goodman as well as signing striker Alfie Pavey after his release from Maidstone alongside Alfie Paxman and Jordan Higgs from Folkestone and Dulwich Hamlet, respectively.

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