Dundas set for Sutton return

Return:  Sutton-bound Hampton & Richmond Borough striker Craig Dundas in action against Eastleigh.Pic: Jeff Beasley.

Return: Sutton-bound Hampton & Richmond Borough striker Craig Dundas in action against Eastleigh.Pic: Jeff Beasley.

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Sutton United boss Paul Doswell insists all he is looking for next season is improvement after completing his transfer activity this summer with a move to secure Hampton & Richmond Borough striker Craig Dundas.

The Gander Green Lane chief is expected to complete the capture of the Beavers frontman this week having verbally agreed terms over the weekend.

Former AFC Wimbledon midfielder Tom Davies has also put pen to paper on a deal for next season, while United are still to agree compensation packages with Horsham and Thurrock for defender Sam Page and winger Fola Orilonishe respectively.

The quartet add to the arrivals last week of Kenny Adjei, Peter Rapson and former Carshalton Athletic frontman Richard Jolly, taking the number of incoming players to seven.

Kingstonian boss Alan Dowson has tipped Sutton to lift the Ryman League Premier Division title next season, but Doswell insists that is not a foregone conclusion.

“I start every season with the target of reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup and finishing in the play-offs. That hasn’t changed,” he said.

“If we keep everyone fit I’m confident we will be strong, but we could lose three of the starting 11 to season ending injury in the first week and then we’d be struggling. You never know what will happen.

“My job is to do better than last year. I’m looking for improvement. If we get 85 points and still finish second that is an improvement as far as I’m concerned.”

Doswell is waiting on Dundas to return paperwork confirming him as a United player for next season, while Sutton chairman Bruce Elliott is hammering out deals for Orilonishe, 23, and Page, 22, in the hopes of avoiding a tribunal getting involved.

But it is the capture of the former Sutton striker, named the Beavers’ player of the year by his peers, that has given him the most pleasure.

“There is no point signing Richard Jolly if you haven’t got someone to play up front along side him,” he added.

“Craig had got into the Sutton culture when he was with us before and by his own admission wasn’t as sharp as he should have been. That was the reason for the parting of the ways in the first place.

“We watched him four or five times last year and we impressed. He played well against us in the FA Cup and we took the view that if we could get him he would make a formidable Premier Division partnership with Richard.”

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