DORCHESTER Town FC have announced the signing of French striker Emile Kpama Ngoy and manager Leigh Robinson hopes he can fire the Magpies to safety.

The 22-year-old, who put pen to paper on the deal after training on Tuesday night, is Robinson’s seventh new signing since taking charge.

Ngoy is set to make his debut for The Magpies today at Hartley Wintney (3pm) in the Southern League Premier Division South after international clearance was granted yesterday.

The French-born striker, who has been playing for Scottish League Two side Brechin City this season after impressing on trial last summer, has also previously featured for Llanelli Town in the Welsh Premier League as well as spells in Italy and Portugal.

Robinson spoke to Echosport about what Magpies fans can expect from their new signing. He said: "He’s a big strong centre forward and he’s certainly a player that I know well.

"If I had my way I would have signed him last season for Truro because we had him on trial and I liked him but at the time it was one in, one out and I couldn’t get anyone out to make space for him.

"We have struggled without Tom Blair in terms of it’s been really hard maintaining attacks and occupying the opposition but he (Ngoy) is a really good finisher and has the right attributes to improve the squad."

The Magpies face Hartley Wintney today and Robinson said this game is one they need to get something from.

"It's a big game for us. Since we have come in we have had a tough run of games, I think we've played four or five of the top teams in the league. Against Hartley we will be playing one of the bottom sides so we need at least a point.

"Since I've been here this is the first game where we have most of the squad available. It will be a better marker for me to see where we are at and what we need to improve on."