DORCHESTER Town have secured the services of Exeter City midfielder Michael Lilley on a one-year contract, subject to FA approval.

Lilley, 18, operates in central midfield and joins the club having spent 11 years with the Grecians.

Joining at the tender age of seven, he progressed through the youth system and then the academy, including making his first-team debut against Chelsea U21s in the EFL Trophy last year.

Lilley also has Southern League Division One South experience on loan at Barnstaple Town during the previous season.

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He joins Jordan Storey, Harry Kite, Archie Collins, Ben Seymour and Harry Lee as recent Exeter players to grace the Avenue - although Lilley is the first permanent deal of those mentioned.

Dorchester boss Glenn Howes said: “We’re so pleased Michael trusts Dorchester Town with his next steps.

"He is extremely well-coached and educated having been with Exeter City since he was seven years old.

“Michael possesses a fantastic outlook on football and again possesses all the attributes that we’re looking for in a young footballer to wear the Dorchester Town shirt.”

Lilley joins ex-Winchester trio Olly Balmer, Kieran Douglas and Ollie Griggs plus former Hungerford man Keith Emmerson as fellow new recruits.

Tiago Sa, Callum Buckley, Harvey-Joe Bertrand and Alfie Stanley have already committed to the Magpies for 2022/23.

Seven players have left this summer: Ash Wells, Oakley Hanger, Tom Soares, Charlie Gunson, Yemi Odubade, Billy Lowes and Harry McGrath.