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Dover Athletic midfielder Ryan Hanson knows what fans are going through

Ryan Hanson understands Dover supporters’ frustration better than most.

Whites midfielder Hanson used to stand on the terraces at his hometown club and knows plenty of Whites fans.

Dover Athletic midfielder Ryan Hanson Picture: Andy Jones
Dover Athletic midfielder Ryan Hanson Picture: Andy Jones

It’s not been much fun for anyone this season with Andy Hessenthaler’s side yet to win a game.

But Hanson, who turns 21 on Monday, is convinced better times are ahead as Whites prepare for the visit of Wrexham in the National League tomorrow.

He said: “It’s my hometown club, I’ve always gone and watched Dover and I understand the frustration of fans when they’re not seeing the results and wins you want to be seeing.

“I know how they feel, just like anyone, we all want to see some wins.

“I want to do it for the team, for the manager, for the fans, for everyone, and I know every player in that changing room feels the same.

“We’ve got to keep going and it will come and once we get one win, I think we’ll get quite a few.

“The lads feel it’s been coming for the last five or six games.

“I know the results haven’t shown that but looking at the performances, we’re getting better and better each week.

“It does just seem that we’re getting punished for every mistake we make but the performances have been a lot better recently.

“I think we’ve maintained quite a bit of confidence the whole way through and we’re just looking to build on each game.”

Ryan Hanson had a spell on loan at Dover last season Picture: Tim Smith
Ryan Hanson had a spell on loan at Dover last season Picture: Tim Smith

Dover will, once again, be underdogs when they take on promotion-chasing Wrexham on Saturday.

The Red Dragons and their Hollywood owners arrive at Crabble occupying the final play-off place and are desperate to return to the Football League after a 13-year absence.

But they lost 2-0 at home to Yeovil on Tuesday night, a side Whites drew 1-1 with last weekend.

Hanson said: “Wrexham have put a lot of money in to try and get out of this league but it doesn’t matter whether it’s a team at the top or a team at the bottom, every game is a challenge and Saturday will be no different.

“I don’t mind going into games as the underdog, we feel we’re capable of turning over any team on our day.”

Hanson had a spell on loan at Crabble from Hull last season and signed a permanent deal in the summer after leaving the Tigers.

A knee injury restricted his involvement at the start of the season but he’s had a run of games lately and is feeling good.

He’s ambitious to move back up the leagues and can put himself in the shop window at Dover.

“The goal for me this season was to play games,” said Hanson.

“I could have gone back to playing 23s football, I had a few offers to go back to that environment, but I want to play men’s football.

“I enjoyed my time here on loan last season and if I can help Dover and play my best on the pitch, it can hopefully be a stepping stone to get back in the Football League.”

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