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Hythe Town defender Mitchell Dickenson being watched by clubs in higher leagues

Sam Denly admits Hythe Town will struggle to keep hold of Mitchell Dickenson this summer.

The former Gillingham defender has been attracting interest from higher up the non-league pyramid after earning a call-up to the FA Representative XI.

Dickenson was named players' player-of-the-year and manager's player-of-the-year at Hythe's end-of-season presentation night and boss Denly is expecting approaches for his young star.

Mitchell Dickenson (left) in action for Hythe Town Picture: Paul Amos
Mitchell Dickenson (left) in action for Hythe Town Picture: Paul Amos

Denly said: "He's making a lot of noise, Dicko, in terms of clubs looking at him. We've had a few clubs speaking to us already so it might be hard to keep hold of him.

"We want to keep hold of him but if you've got Conference South clubs looking at him, there's every chance he will go on because he's a good player and he probably should be playing higher.

"When he played his first England C game, everyone else was Conference South and above and he's been selected for another game.

"It's great for him and it's good for the club as well. We've had some good players at Hythe, the Alfie Mays of this world, who have gone on to better things.

"He's under 24 so there would have to be a fee for him but we'd never stand in his way. I'm sure there's a big club out there looking at him and big move just around the corner."

Charlie Webster was voted supporters' player-of-the-year and the club have taken up the option to extend his contract for next season.

Denly said: "We wanted to keep him and he was happy to stay.

"Webbo can play anywhere and he's been excellent for me: left-back, right-back, centre-mid, he's very versatile and if he's fit, he plays.

"He gives you eight or nine out of 10 every week and he's a key player for us moving forward."

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