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Dover Athletic defender Sean Raggett happy to play in midfield if it means he gets a regular start


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It has been a long road back into the Dover line-up for Sean Raggett.

And the young centre half has no intention of giving up his place – he’d even play in midfield if he has to – something he did in the FA Cup defeat against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Raggett, 20, said: “Some people said they felt sad for me when we changed our formation against Crystal Palace so early in the game.

“But we had to really – there was no point having three of us mark just one player.

“Besides, I relished the challenge of playing against internationals like Joe Ledley and Barry Bannan. That was an unreal experience for someone as young as myself. I was buzzing out there and thought I did all right.

“I would be happy to keep playing there if the gaffer wants me to.”

Dover defender Sean Raggett is swamped by his team-mates after scoring at Welling on New Year's day. Picture: Keith Gillard
Dover defender Sean Raggett is swamped by his team-mates after scoring at Welling on New Year's day. Picture: Keith Gillard

The FA Cup tie was Raggett’s fourth consecutive start in it what he admits has been a frustrating season for him.

He played in the first three games of the Vanarama Conference season before getting sent-off in the fourth against Eastleigh at Crabble on August 23.

After serving a three-match ban, he did not make another start in the league until the 2-2 draw against Torquay at Crabble on December 2.

The 6ft 5in Raggett said he was now keen to make up for lost time.

He said: “When I was suspended, the club brought in extra defenders and they’ve all played well.

“It’s been so hard to keep battling away at training hoping the gaffer gives me a go.

“Now he has and there is no way I am going give it up. When you are part of a successful squad, and we are, you’ve got make the most of any opportunities that come your way.”

Raggett, who signed a two-year deal with Whites last year, scored his first league goal of the season at Welling on New Year’s Day and he has no intention of it being his last.

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