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Dover Athletic assistant boss Jake Leberl says Whites remain keen to strengthen squad

By Steve Tervet

Dover need to strengthen their squad if they want to stay in the National League title race.

That’s the view of assistant manager Jake Leberl after Whites held onto top spot with a goalless draw at Gateshead.

Unbeaten in eight league games, Dover are a point clear of the chasing pack but they won’t rest on their laurels heading into the winter months.

Jake Leberl Picture: Tony Flashman
Jake Leberl Picture: Tony Flashman

Leberl said: “I believe we need to add if we’re going to continue where we are. We’re a little bit short in a couple of areas but you can’t just add for the sake of adding.

“Hopefully players will come about or maybe we’ll look at players who aren’t playing at other clubs. If someone becomes available that you feel is going to better the squad, you’ve always got to try to get them but it’s easier said than done.

“To be honest, in seasons gone by, we haven’t done enough of that. Sometimes it just freshens everything up because you get a fresh face in and it gives everyone a boost.

“It’s a long, tiring season, physically and mentally so if someone becomes available we feel will strengthen our squad, we’ll do our best to get them.

“We get scouting reports of players that might be doing well in the leagues below so we’ll go and have a look at them.”

Leberl or manager Chris Kinnear will watch Eastleigh v Chester on Saturday with the Spitfires due to visit Crabble next on November 11.

With most of their league rivals in FA Cup action this weekend, Dover’s players will train instead after they went out to Bromley in the fourth qualifying round.

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