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Dover Athletic re-sign former Academy graduate Alfie Paxman from Folkestone Invicta and also bring in midfielder Jordan Higgs from Dulwich Hamlet

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Dover have announced they have brought in two new players - including a former Academy graduate - as their plans for the new season start to take shape.

Whites this week have recruited midfielder Jordan Higgs from Dulwich Hamlet and full-back Alfie Paxman from Folkestone.

Full-back Alfie Paxman has left Folkestone to re-join Dover. Picture: Randolph File
Full-back Alfie Paxman has left Folkestone to re-join Dover. Picture: Randolph File

It comes after centre-back Jake Goodman, supporters’ player-of-the-year last season as Dover finished bottom of the National League, became the first player to agree to stay at Crabble ahead of their 2022/23 campaign in National League South.

Paxman, 24, made one National League appearance for Dover during his time in the club's Academy, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 defeat against Forest Green - now preparing for life in League 1 - at Crabble in 2016 under Chris Kinnear.

Paxman last season won supporters’ player-of-the-year, players’ player-of-the-year and young player-of-the-year at Folkestone.

A Folkestone statement read: "It is with regret that we announce the departure of our player-of-the-year @AlfiePaxman.

"Alfie made 147 appearances in the black and amber stripes, scoring 34 goals.

"We wish Alfie all the best in the next stage of his career."

Paxman said: "I would like to thank everybody at Folkestone Invicta - the manager [Neil Cugley], the coaches, the supporters, my team-mates... Everybody around the club.

"It is a special club and I've spent four great years at Cheriton Road and leave with some amazing memories.

"Nearly 150 times I've put on the black and amber shirt, and this club will always mean a lot to me.

"I look forward to seeing you all in pre-season [the two teams are scheduled to meet for a friendly on July 30 at Cheriton Road]."

Meanwhile Higgs, 25, made 31 appearances in National League South for Dulwich Hamlet in the 2021/22 season after joining them from Bromley where he had made more than 150 appearances.

"Might not look it but, trust me, I'm buzzing to be on board," Higgs wrote on Twitter.

"Can't wait for the start of the season now."

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