DORCHESTER Town have unveiled experienced defender Keith Emmerson as their first new recruit of the summer.

Emmerson, 39, has agreed terms for the 2022/23 Southern League Premier South and joins after exiting Vanarama National League South side Hungerford Town.

Centre-back Emmerson, who is also capable of operating in central midfield, arrives at the club following a two-year spell with the Crusaders.

He brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the Southern League, having also enjoyed successful stints at Poole Town, Farnborough and Taunton Town.

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He is a serving member of the British Army as a quartermaster sergeant instructor and also plays for the UK Armed Forces football team, for whom he has received more than 100 caps.

After securing his first new arrival of the close season, Magpies boss Glenn Howes said: “We’re delighted to capture the signature of Emmo and feel he will be a perfect fit to embed his values on this young side.

“We know exactly what type of character and player we’re inheriting and there are no signs of Emmo slowing down.

“Being nominated for the (National League) South team of the year is no mean feat which is a testament to how Emmo looks after himself.”

Emmerson is the fifth signing of the summer for Dorchester, who have already confirmed Callum Buckley, Tiago Sa, Harvey-Joe Bertrand and Alfie Stanley will return for 2022/23.

Seven players have departed the Avenue: Ash Wells, Oakley Hanger, Tom Soares, Charlie Gunson, Yemi Odubade, Billy Lowes and Harry McGrath.