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Former QPR and Portsmouth defender Sam Magri impresses Dover boss Chris Kinnear

Dover manager Chris Kinnear
Dover manager Chris Kinnear

Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear is continuing to run the rule over plenty of trialists as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the Vanarama National League kick-off at Barrow on August 8.

Eight were in the squad for Tuesday’s second pre-season friendly, against National League South side Eastbourne Borough at Crabble – a game Whites won 5-0.

The opener against Whitehawk three days earlier saw 10 new names on the teamsheet.

It’s all part and parcel of the game as far as Kinnear is concerned. He said: “You just don’t know what you are going to get until you see them (trialists) playing in a competitive environment – you have got to give them a go.

“As they say, ‘you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince’ so who knows if I will find one?”

“But I can assure you that I am not going to be kissing anyone, though!” he said.

And one player who impressed in his first run-out for Whites against Eastbourne was young defender Sam Magri.

The former Portsmouth and QPR man – released by the London club in 2014 – looked at home in attack and at right or left-back.

On the international stage, Magri captained the England under-16 side and made 22 appearances for the England under-17s, including the 2011 World Cup in Mexico.

Kinnear was keeping his cards close to his chest, saying: “Sam did well, so we’ll see how it goes from here.”

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