Dorking FC have announced the signings of experienced midfielder Dennis Ongei and goalkeeper Dom Mackenzie.
They join recent new arrival Dudley Klaton and the returning Luke Harmsworth, who captained the Chicks on a number of occasions last season and rejoined the club in November.
After a summer of rebuilding the first team, emphasising the development of local and youthful talent, to be blended with experienced players from further afield, manager Danny Fox has moved to adjust the squad following a recent disappointing run of form.
He says, “Dennis Ongei is someone I have worked with at a number of clubs in the past and I am hopeful he will provide the bit of experience that we have been missing this year. Dom Mackenzie will provide strong competition for 17 year old Tom Day in goal, after training with us earlier in the season. I hope they will be joined by one or two more new arrivals next week.”
The Chicks expect the new, more experienced players to provide a strong platform for the core of young, local players to continue their development, in line with the club’s long term vision.
The 17 year old central defender Will Conroy has become the latest graduate from the ever-more productive Dorking Alliance U18 Ryman Youth League team, joining Jack Wisbey, James Herouvin and Ryan Lunn, who have already established themselves as first team regulars this season.
Fox says, “I have been hugely impressed with Will’s performances – more mature than anyone has a right to expect from a player of his tender years. His emergence from the youth squad is a great example of what we are trying to achieve at Dorking FC.”
Meanwhile, following the new arrivals, a number of squad players have been released from the club. Regrettably, Joel Saunderson, despite some assured performances, has been unable to continue playing regularly this season after attempting to come back from his second crucial ligament injury. Jordon Boukhari has also departed prior to returning to university next year. Paul Davies, Matt Finn and Russell Hartt have been allowed to leave because of a lack of first team opportunities.
“They all leave with our very best wishes,” says Danny. He adds, “All have had defining moments in a Dorking shirt at some point and we thank them for their hard work and efforts.”
Source: Dorking FC