OAKLEY Hanger aims to be the perfect role model for his Dorchester Town Under-23 side.

Hanger returned to Dorchester last summer having spent four years on the United States college circuit.

Having cemented a spot at right-back, Hanger added the under-23 job to his responsibilities after previous boss Franklyn Clarke joined Portland United.

And the defender is keen to show the Magpies’ hottest prospects the correct path in their careers.

He told Echosport: “It’s really, really enjoyable.

“The best thing about it is the setup that they already had in place was really good.

“Churchy (Brian Churchill) he’s the new first-team coach as well, but he’s the assistant with the under-23s.

“He’s brilliant, always takes the sessions and I feel like I’m there to help the boys, show them the levels that are required on the pitch.

“I’ve been in their shoes, I know what’s required to make it into the first team and the levels required. I’m there to push them in that direction.

“Churchy, he’s the unsung hero of it all.”

Hanger also paid credit to the work undertaken by Clarke.

“Even though Frank’s gone off to Portland, he’s still held highly in regards to what he’s done at Dorch,” Hanger insisted.

“As well as Churchy having everything in place, Frank’s set the foundations and it’s just trying to continue that in the right way.

“It was on its way up and still is. I just want to continue that.”

The young Magpies are currently top of the Hampshire Combination & Development Football League Under-23 Division West but have not played since the third national lockdown.