Adam Flanagan hopes the signing of Sam Blackman will signal the start of a stronger bond between players and supporters at Dartford.

Blackman spent time in the Darts academy but moved away to get opportunities in men’s football.

He played against Dartford for Concord last season but will line up for his hometown club in 2019/20.

Joint-boss Flanagan said: “What I like about that signing is he’s a Dartford boy.

“He was playing in the academy but he wasn’t able to break through into the first team because he would have been up against, in their prime, Elliot Bradbrook and Lee Noble so that would have been very difficult as a youngster.”

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