DORCHESTER Town chairman Scott Symes believes the Magpies have a “clean piece of paper” next season but warned: “We’ve got to improve”.

Since their relegation from the Conference South in 2013/14, Dorchester have only achieved a highest placing of 13th – in the 2015/16 campaign.

During five of the next six seasons, Dorchester have been embroiled in a Southern League Premier South relegation scrap.

But with ten players signed this summer already and new boss Glenn Howes keen to put his stamp on the club, Symes is optimistic change will finally be realised.

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Asked how impressed he is with Dorchester’s summer business, he told Echosport: “I’m more than happy.

“We sat down and said we can’t keep going through the cycle. I think Einstein said (the definition of insanity) is doing the same thing and expecting different results.

“That really resonates when you look back at the last eight years at Dorchester Town.

“We made that decision to not completely rejig everything but keep four players and give Glenn the opportunity to have a clean piece of paper to build on for next season. The challenge is that we’ve got to improve.”