Neil Martin agrees terms for next season

Dorchester Town Football Club are delighted to announce that Neil Martin has agreed terms to stay with The Magpies next season.

The long-serving defender, who has now made 366 appearances for the club over the course of 9 seasons since his debut in August 2009, becomes the 16th player to sign up with The Magpies ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Speaking after agreeing terms for another season at the club last week, Martin said: “I’m over the moon to be signing for another year – I always wanted to sign, so as soon as when Cal got in touch I wanted to get things done as quickly as possible. Obviously with the signings that Cal has made so far it looks positive for next season.”

“I’ve been here a little while now and I’ve been lucky with injuries, so hopefully I’ve got a few more seasons left under my belt yet.”

“Last season was a bit of a breath of fresh air for me playing centre half – playing in the middle of a back three as well and having that little run in the FA Trophy was good, so I enjoy playing there.”

“When I was speaking to Cal about signing for the new season he said about looking at playing centre half and things like that – I said I don’t mind, I can play centre half, left back, just in front of the back four; he can play me where ever he wants, and he seemed positive that I could play in so many different positions.”

“I obviously had my appendix op just when Cal first came in, so I couldn’t actually play straight away which I was a bit gutted about. I’m looking forward to having a good pre-season under him, then get the season started well and go from there – so hopefully next season looks like it’s going to be positive.”

Manager Callum Brooks said: “You can tell by the way I try and recruit that it’s really important to me that the players who are part of our squad do have an affection and a feeling for the club, and that’s what you get with Neil.”

“What you also get is a very experienced player – and not only does he provide experience, he also provides versatility. From my point of view, although I’ve only worked with Neil for a short amount of time, I’ve enjoyed the interactions that I’ve had with him.”

“I’m really pleased that he wants to continue at the club. I can see the positive influence he has on the group and he’s going to be an important part of what we do moving forwards.”