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Dover Athletic bolster their attacking options

Relegation threatened Dover Athletic will be hoping that new signing Alfie Pavey can provide the goals to help propel the Whites out of the National League drop zone. 

Dover announced the signing of Pavey just a matter of hours after they had produced an impressive display to secure a 2-1 victory over out of form Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Pavey arrives at Crabble from Dover’s relegation rivals Havant & Waterlooville, where he scored four league goals this season.

The 23-year-old England C international has an impressive pedigree having won the National League South player of the year award last season after firing 26 goals for Dartford.

The striker came through the youth structure at Millwall, where he enjoyed loan spells with the likes of Barnet, Maidstone and Welling.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Dover’s First Team Coach Nicky Southall said, “Goalscorers, you need them. If you’re going to get out of the position we’re in you need to score goals.

“Keeping clean sheets is important but ultimately you’ve got to score more than the opposition and Alfie gives us another option up top.

“When I was at Maidstone Alfie was in the youth team, I know him, I’ve watched him and he’s a player that chases lost causes, he’ll run through a brick wall for you.

“He upsets defenders, he doesn’t give them a minute’s peace on the ball and that’s what you want.

“He scored a lot of goals for Dartford last season and he’s a great age. He’s come into this league this season and scored goals for Havant.

“He wants to go full-time training. I think at Havant they were training just two evenings but he wants to go full-time, he had that at Millwall and he wants to go back to that.

“He’s hungry, he wants to get fitter and stronger and he wants to play at the highest level he can. He wants to come here and do well for us.

“That’s the big thing for us, he wants to come. We made an inquiry and the player actually wanted to come, that’s what we want, we want players to come to this club because they see what we’re building and what we’re trying to achieve.”

Pavey won’t have to wait long to come up against his old teammates after Dover were drawn against Havant in the FA Trophy First Round draw yesterday afternoon.

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