DORCHESTER Town have sealed a double deal for Leighton Thomas and Joel Kiwobo on the eve of the Pitching In Southern Premier South season.

Both men had been on trial at the Avenue, with former Bridport and Street man Thomas impressing on the wing and French defender Kiwobo proving his quality at centre-half.

Thomas is a Cayman Islands under-23 international while Kiwobo joins having had spells playing in Portugal and Italy as well as his native France.

On his new signings, boss Leigh Robinson said: “These are two players who we like after having a look at them in pre-season.

"Both will need a bit of time to adjust to this level as Leighton is stepping up a level and whilst Joel has played a good level of football in Europe, there will be a bit of acclimatisation needed as this league is likely a lot quicker and more frantic than he may have been used to as a defender.

“Leighton’s a winger who can go past people and does some unpredictable things, which we like and felt could be useful when chasing games.

"Joel has a serious amount of pace for a centre-back and has looked decent on the ball too.”

Both Thomas and Kiwobo are now cleared to play following international clearance and will be available for selection in the Magpies opening league match of the new season against Weston-super-Mare tomorrow (3pm).