Friday 5th June 2009
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Matt Groves is once again a Dorchester Town player after signing a one-year deal last night.

The striker made 393 appearances for the Magpies before leaving for Lewes in September 2007. After winning the Blue Square South title with the Rooks, Groves then moved on to league rivals Eastleigh but left the Spitfires at the end of last season and has now returned to his former home.

The ex-Portsmouth trainee was not the only man to put pen to paper last night, as Dorchester defenders Jake Smeeton and Gary Bowles also sealed new two-year contracts.

Delighted boss Roy O’Brien said: “I’ve known Matt for years and played with him before, and I’m pleased to have him on board. I know what type of character and player he is, hopefully we can utilise his strengths and hopefully he can get us some goals.

“He’s been tremendously loyal to this club over the years, he went away and tasted success and hopefully that will rub off on the other players. Hopefully Jake and Gary will prepare well for next season as it’s a massive campaign for all of us, and it’s time for them to step up and cement their places in the team.”

O’Brien is now focused on bringing in more new faces, and securing the services of Mitchell Nicholson and keeper Gareth Stewart for another season.

He added: “The squad is coming together nicely and there are a few other lads that we are in talks with. Mitch and Gareth though, we are both waiting to hear back from.”

So far, Dorchester have organised five pre-season friendlies. They travel to Bashley (July 14) and Hamworthy United (July 21), as well as hosting Eastbourne Borough (July 18), Bristol City (July 22) and Yeovil Town (July 25).

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