Alan Dowson has made his first signings for Vanarama National League South new boys Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Dowson has landed one of the biggest signings of his career as he’s persuaded former England C international Christian Jolley to join the Beavers.

Jolley was with Dowson back in 2009, who signed him after an impressive trial and he was pretty soon in the first team for the Kingstonian.jolley

In the following summer, he was picked up by AFC Wimbledon, spending three years in the yellow and blue before joining Newport County in 2013.

He had a spell on loan at Forest Green Rovers in 2014, but he then left Newport to join Grimsby Town in January 2015 and spent last season at Margate.

Jolley was released by Margate at the end of last season as he wanted to move back to London, and Dowson was only too quick to entice the striker to join him at The Beveree.

Jolley has created an impression wherever he has played and in June 2013, he was named in the 2012/13 Conference Premier team of the year

Dowson said: “There are some players that you always want to sign because they are quality and Christian is that.

“I could see he was good when he stood out in that 2009 trial and his record since proves it.

“In addition to playing up front, he can also play wide so he’s going to bring some more options up front.”

Goalkeeper Aaron Howe joins the Beavers from relegated Basingstoke Town and will provide some much-needed experience at the back.

Howe spent last season at Basingstoke but previously spent two and a half years at Woking, making fifty appearances in the National League.

After coming through the youth set-up at Woking, Howe joined Havant & Waterlooville in 2010, making one FA Cup appearance before re-joining the Cards in 2012.

He moved on to Sutton United in January 2015 before signing up with Basingstoke last year.

Dowson said: “Aaron’s been a keeper I’ve been watching for a while and I’m pleased I’ve been able to bring him to the club.”


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