FORMER Dorchester Town midfielder Harry Kite believes the Magpies mean “serious business” after a fruitful summer of player recruitment.

Kite, 18, spent the entirety of last season on loan from Exeter City and his performances, which saw him claim five goals from 46 appearances, were well received by Dorchester fans.

Despite returning to Grecians, where in late June the teenager discovered his plans for the upcoming campaign, Kite has kept his eye on the Magpies.

And Dorchester have been busy, with Ben Morris their 18th deal of the close season.

Speaking to Echosport, Kite admitted boss Callum Brooks’ work had been impressive and backed Dorchester to achieve a top-half finish at least.

He said: “I’ve been looking at the social media of Dorchester and I’ve seen they’ve signed some really good players that I’ve heard about and played against.

“I see they mean serious business with the signings they’ve made. I’ve been saying to people when they’ve asked me about the club ‘they’re going to do really well this season’.

“I definitely think they’ll be top half and I reckon they could challenge for the play-offs, so I wish them all the best.

“Obviously last season was a struggle and although we stayed up it wasn’t the outcome we needed – we wanted to be higher and better.

“The main point at the end of the season was just staying up so they can build this season.”

Elaborating on the influence of Brooks, Kite feels the former Hamworthy manager has achieved a good level of understanding with the Magpies’ squad.

“He’s a real players’ manager,” Kite insisted. “It’s a good quality to have because that can be the difference between a player playing well and bad.

“You’ve got a manager like Callum who gives you a lot of praise when you’re doing well and tells you what needs to be better, which I think is the main thing.

“You need to be told when you’re doing well but if it’s still not good enough you need to be told you need to improve your game.

“Callum’s a very good manager and that’s why I enjoyed being coached under him so much.”