Nathan Ralph has revealed that his decision to take a step back into non-league football in England has paid off and helped him secure his move to the top tier in Scotland with Dundee.

The 25-year-old was released by current Dundee United chief scout Paul Sturrock when he was at Yeovil Town in 2015 with the player then joining Newport County.

His time at the Welsh club was beset with injury problems and he decided to drop down into the National League, spending two seasons with Woking.

His performances there put him on Dundee boss Neil McCann’s radar with the Dens boss snapping him up on a two-year deal last month.

Ralph said: “The gaffer told me they had been watching me for a while.

“I had gone down to non-league and the hope was to come back up at some stage.

“I had a few injury problems a while back. It was a case of going lower and playing games in non-league football.

“I just wanted to prove myself and I think I played 70-odd games in a couple of seasons.”

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