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Winger Adam Mekki would love to have played a lot more football than he has since arriving at Dover Athletic in January

Adam Mekki has only played 13 minutes of football since arriving at Crabble in January after leaving Vanarama Conference leaders Barnet.

It’s a statistic the former Aldershot Town winger says he would desperately love to change but admits that, with just two league games to go, he might not get the chance to do so.

His deal with Whites’ expires at the end of the season and that leaves Mekki, 23, facing an uncertain future.

His only appearance was as a second-half substitute in the league clash against Lincoln at Crabble on March 7, a game Whites lost 2-1. That could prove to be his first and last game.

Although he’s disappointed by his lack of game time, Mekki is not about to rant and rave about it - he's too nice a guy for that.

Winger Adam Mekki in action during his only brief appearance for Dover to-date Picture: Simon Harris
Winger Adam Mekki in action during his only brief appearance for Dover to-date Picture: Simon Harris

Mekki, who made four starts and seven substitute appearances for Barnet after joining Martin Allen’s side on a non-contract basis after leaving Aldershot last summer, said: “I found it tough getting a regular start at Barnet, so I was hoping for a change of fortune when I came here.

“Playing 13 minutes proves it hasn’t worked out that way but I can understand, no matter how hard it is to take from a personal perspective.

“The team has been flying this season and the competition for places has been tough for anyone, let alone new players like me to get a break.

“You are not going to change a successful side for the sake of it and there is such a quality squad here. It’s hard to even get on the bench.

“I am not going to kick up a fuss, though, because I know from my time in the game that situations like mine happen.

“Sometimes you have just have to take it on the chin and try and keep positive no matter how hard it may be.

“I’d love to be able to show the Dover fans what I can do but whether that happens remains to be seen because I have had no contract talks.”

If Mekki, who scored six goals in 95 appearances for Aldershot, does have a short-lived career at Crabble, he said he would learn from the experience.

He said: “The only thing I have ever known is playing football as a professional on a full-time basis, so to go part-time with Dover has been a challenge.

“Because you are not training every day, you really have to work hard when you do and Dover certainly do work hard and their fitness is a credit to the staff.

“It has been great learning curve regardless of what happens at the end of the season.”

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