TOM Killick expects a clambering for the signatures of his promising young Dorchester Town squad this summer.

Together with previous boss Glenn Howes, Killick was responsible for a Magpies squad that constructed a superb 12-game unbeaten run towards the end of last season.

Dorchester fell short of their best league finish for 21 years, eventually claiming ninth in the table after a late glimpse of the play-offs.

But the Magpies’ youthfulness is easily one of the more impressive facets of their upturn in fortunes, with only a handful of players aged above 25 and many still teenagers.

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While no Dorchester players have been officially confirmed as leaving this summer, Killick hopes his squad recognises the “potential” it holds.

He told Echosport: “I think there’s always a food chain in terms of people are not blind to the fact that we’ve been impressive up until the last couple of games.

“We’ve got young players that people will see are going to improve. If no-one else wanted your players, it’s a bit of a worry.

“So, you almost hope that other teams would like your players but you hope they’re going to have a bit of loyalty.

“I do feel that this club treats players very well, and I’m not talking about necessarily financially, I’m just talking about you’ve got to be careful what you wish for.

“I know that first-hand in terms of being at another football club. I hope the players really realise what they’ve got here and the potential that’s here.”

Dorchester have already secured the services of Olaf Koszela, Will Spetch, Jack Dickson, Corby Moore, Drew Eccott-Young, Luke Pardoe and Luke Roberts for 2024/25.