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Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear hopes to make new signing ahead of Vanarama Conference clash against Dartford


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Dover boss Chris Kinnear is making plans to bolster his attacking options ahead of Saturday’s Vanarama Conference clash with Dartford at Crabble.

But he wasn’t prepared to reveal all – just yet.

Kinnear said: “I’ve been around this game far too long to know that nothing is certain until the ink is well and truly dry on a contract.

“All I can say is that hopefully I’ll complete the signing of someone tonight (Thursday).

“He can play either in an attacking midfield role or ahead of that.”

Stefan Payne and Tom Murphy have done an impressive job of leading the attack since they first started together in a league game at Macclesfield in October.

Payne is Whites’ leading scorer with 11 league goals while Murphy has bagged four to help Whites climb to 13th.

But Kinnear said that didn’t mean he could sit back and rest on his laurels.

He added: “We are going really well, and have been for a while now. That doesn’t mean changes to the squad cannot be made.

“I am always looking to strengthen.”

And adding some more firepower will certainly help Dover’s cause should either Payne or Murphy get injured.

Former Hartlepool forward Greg Rutherford has left the club while fellow striker and Bury man, James Poole’s loan spell has also ended.

With Nathan Elder out on loan at Maidstone, that leaves Jake Reid, who was also put on the transfer list last November, as the only other frontman on the books.

Kinnear said he had the faith in Reid to deliver.

Dover boss Chris Kinnear
Dover boss Chris Kinnear

He said: “Jake started the season really well before he picked up an injury and struggled to get over it.

“Now he’s back and he’s starting to show us what he’s capable of again.”

Kinnear is also hoping to complete a deal to bring back Solomon Taiwo from Luton Town on loan.

The midfielder spent three months at Crabble earlier in the season.

As for the game against Kent rivals Dartford (kick-off 3pm), it will mark the end of defender Tom Bonner’s loan spell before he heads back to Cambridge United.

Whites will also be out to avenge their 2-1 loss at Dartford in September.

That’s a game Kinnear said he still cannot believe they lost.

He said: “We led and didn’t look like losing to be honest.

“But football is a funny old game, we missed a penalty and our goalkeeper went off injured.

“It was one of those games, but saying that, that was then and this is now and we’re playing good football.

“It would be good to even up the ledger.”

Whites are also in league action at home against Wrexham next Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

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