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Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear waits for right players as he puts together his 'jigsaw' for next season

Dover manager Chris Kinnear
Dover manager Chris Kinnear

Dover manager Chris Kinnear’s sole foray into the transfer market this summer is unlikely to be his only piece of business before the new season.

Last month’s signing of defender Jamie Grimes from Kidderminster Harriers was evidence that he is open to adding to his squad but he is not about to reveal his hand.

He said: “We talk to lots of players all the time. To be honest, you would be surprised at how many players and agents I talk to at this time of the year.

“But I’ve never been one to rush in and sign players early after a season has just finished, although, saying that, I made an exception with Jamie because that was a great bit of business and it had to be done quickly.

“I like to keep it all in perspective, keep an open mind, see who is out there and have a good long think about what they can bring to the club.

“And when I say that, I am not just talking about their ability with a football, either.

“They have got to be wanting to come here for the right reason and they’ve got to have the character to fit in the squad we’ve already got.

“It’s like building a jigsaw and making sure you get all the right pieces.

“It takes time and you’ve got to make sure you get it right.”

The boss also said he was waiting to hear back from four of his squad from last season to learn if they would be taking up new contracts.

Captain Connor Essam, midfielders Liam Bellamy and Nicky Deverdics and striker James Poole are yet to make a decision about their futures.

Kinnear said: “I’ve been talking to them, so we’ll just have to wait and see what they decide to do.

“They all know how ambitious we are as a club and how far we came last season.

“Now they’ve got to decide if they want to continue to be part of that journey and build on what we achieved.”

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