DORCHESTER Town manager Callum Brooks has spoken of his desire to make Magpies’ fans “smile” again after a blistering month in the player market.

Brooks has wasted little time in sealing deals for 16 players after the season finished on April 27, including Havant & Waterlooville centre-back Dan Strugnell, plus Gosport duo and Magpies’ returnees Charlie Davis and Sam Lanahan.

Speaking to Echosport, Brooks insisted Dorchester fans deserve “excitement” after finishing in 15th last season – an improvement on 19th in the 2017/18 season.

He said: “I do want our supporters to smile, it’s about time they had some excitement.

“Obviously I’m in a position at the moment where I’m representing them running the football side of the club.

“I was desperate to get some smiles on faces because the supporters really backed me for the final 10 games of the season.

“The first mission was to get the club safe but as soon as that was achieved there was a very small window of relaxation and reflection.

“We’ve got the momentum, we’ve got the feel-good factor but that would be lost if we didn’t capitalise on it by getting a group together who we feel can take the club forward and that’s what we’ve set about doing.

“If the fans are buzzing, that’s fantastic. We owe it as a club to keep those supporters buzzing.”