MARK Jermyn has revealed the Magpies have already been attracting potential new recruits for next season.
Good Friday’s 1-0 win at Eastleigh lifted Dorchester Town to eighth in Blue Square Bet South and kept them on course to at least equal their best-ever finish at this level.
And their impressive displays have not gone unnoticed.
Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s home clash with Truro City (3pm), the skipper said: “We’ve had a couple of players approach us, showing an interest in next season, and that is something I have not seen for a while.
“I can’t say anything about who they are but for them to want to be associated with the club is brilliant.”
The victory in Hampshire proved to be the ideal leaving present for Alan Knight, who has stepped down as manager due to work commitments.
The Magpies’ third win on the spin also put them within eight points of the play-offs.
But with only four games remaining, hopes of gatecrashing the top-five appear slim.
Jermyn added: “A lot of the lads have been saying that it’s a pity we have run out of games.
“If we had a couple more we might have been able to push a bit higher and really get in amongst it.
“But whatever happens, we have had a terrific season by and large.”
With that in mind, the county town outfit could hand more opportunities to those on the periphery of the starting XI.
The player-coach said: “Finish-ing in our best-ever position is something we are still trying to achieve but I think we have got to try and give other players some game time.
“I know the supporters will want us to win every game bet-ween now and the end of the season. It would be nice if we could change a couple of personnel and still win games.
“It’s important though that we finish well for next season. We have done well this season and it’s important we follow it up with another good season.
“Hopefully we can build on what we’ve got and be even stronger next season.”
Newly-appointed boss Phil Sim-kin, who acted as caretaker prior to Knight’s arrival in late Nov-ember, takes charge for the first time this afternoon as the Mag-pies entertain lowly Truro.
And Jermyn echoes Simkin’s belief that it is “business as usual” at the Avenue Stadium.
He added: “When Alan came in there wasn’t a lot that needed changing. Everyone was happy with the way we were playing, the chairman and the fans included, and Alan didn’t try to change that. It’s back to myself and Phil now. Not much has changed to be honest and not much will.
“It was nice to give Alan a good send-off at Eastleigh. He’s a really nice bloke and very humble given everything he has achieved in the game.”
Tom Nichols, who limped out of Friday’s win, has returned to parent club Exeter City while fellow striker Ryan Dovell hopes to overcome a bout of illness, which kept him out of the squad that travelled to the Silverlake Stadium.
Magpies (from): Jones, Critchell, Bell, Smeeton, Martin, Jermyn, N Walker, S Walker, S Buckler, Nicholls, Gleeson, Crittenden, Symes, Worsfold, Malsom, Dovell, Godfrey, Carlile.