Double Signings for The Darts

At last the patient wait is over as the first of Tony Burman’s summer signings have been confirmed.

Mark Arber will be a new addition from League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge after impressing in friendly wins against West Ham United XI and Leyton Orient. Nathan Collier will also play in a Dartford shirt next season and has played in every pre season match so far.

Mark Arber puts pen to paper to become Tony Burman's first summer signing

Arber tweeted on Saturday: “In keeping with family tradition, following in the footsteps of my Father Bobby, I am pleased to say I shall be wearing the white shirt of Dartford FC this season. I look forward to the challenge ahead”.

The 34 year old started out at Tottenham Hotspur as a youngster and was loaned out to Barnet where he made the loan spell permanent in 1998. The defender played almost 200 games for The Bees and reached the playoffs in his second season. Arber experienced relegation to the Conference Premier in 2001 and a year and a half later he moved to Peterborough United.

Four years at The Posh in total was interrupted by a spell at Oldham Athletic in where he featured a handful of times. Peterborough United then loaned the South African out to Dagenham and Redbridge before he signed on a free with Stevenage and missed out on a Conference Premier playoff spot.

Nathan Collier in action with Hampton and Richmond

Arber returned to The Daggers for a second loan spell which turned into a permanent deal.  In 2010 he reached Wembley in his third playoff attempt and this time was the victorious captain. Under former Dartford manager John Still he completed four seasons with Dagenham and Redbridge.

His father Bobby Arber played for The Darts during the John Still era which resulted in Dartford’s last promotion to the Conference Premier, known as the Gola League back then.

Nathan Collier featured in a struggling Hampton and Richmond side last season scoring three times. Whilst The Beavers dropped a division, to the Isthmian Premier League, Collier will be moving up a step.



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