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Dartford’s summer signings

Tony Burman has brought back five players to Princes Park, a former Welsh international goalkeeper and added youth to this season’s squad.

At the back, Jason Brown has three Wales caps to his name, the 32 year old goalkeeper has been signed from Sutton United to replace Alan Julian who went the other way. Brown started his senior career out at Gillingham and has also played nine times for Blackburn Rovers.

Left back, Adam Green returns to Princes Park as does Rory McAuley, Green wore the Darts shirt between 2011 and 2013 and made 75 appearances scoring seven times. McAuley spent last season on loan from Cambridge United and his impressive displays formed a strong pairing with Mat Mitchel-King. The former U’s defender featured in 18 league matches for Dartford last term and scored his only goal on the final day of the season.

After impressing during pre season Luke Daley moves to Princes Park from Braintree Town. The former Norwich City youth team midfielder made 60 appearances for the Iron and scored eight goals. Most recently, Peter Sweeney will take the number 16 shirt to add to the midfield. The Glaswegian has plenty of Football League experience reaching the F.A Cup final with Millwall and earning a runners up medal. At Stoke City he played five games when the Potters won promotion to the Premier League. The 29 year old won a third runners up medal with Bury when the Shakers won promotion to League One.

Most significantly, Burman has looked at his front line and decided better quality strikers were needed. Andy Pugh is the second loan player from last season to return, the former Welling United and Cambridge United man spent four Conference Premier games with the Darts last term scoring twice. At Welling United he managed to finish the 2011/12 Conference South campaign as top scorer earning his move to Cambridge United.

Two more familiar face return to the club, Harry Crawford who was released by Barnet in the summer and Tom Bradbrook who played for Dartford in 2007/08. Crawford has already had two spells at Princes Park with the first in the Darts return to the Conference Premier two years ago. The 22 year old impressed with his 13 league strikes in 26 games and was signed by Barnet, who later returned Crawford back to Dartford on loan where he scored another goal in the two games he featured in.

Tom Bradbrook will team up with brother Elliot who signed a new contract in the summer. Tom previously helped Burman’s squad win the Isthmian Division One North title back in 2008 winning the Young Player of the Year award. For the club he has scored six goals in eight starts and 26 substitute appearances. The hard working forward has since represented Sittingbourne and Margate and was signed by the Darts from Leatherhead.

From the academy some of the players have limited first team experience in the Conference Premier and thanks to the Kent Senior Cup. Becka-Kah Dembele, who featured alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in the latest Nike advert made three substitute appearances in the league. Femi Akinwande, Kieran Scantlebury, Ebrima Adams and Ronnie Vint also featured from the bench. Whilst Bode Anidugbe only took part in a couple of county cup fixtures.

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