Elliot Bradbrook has reiterated his loyalty and dedication to Dartford, insisting that he cherishes playing for the club.

The 30-year-old joined Dartford in 2009 from Maidstone United and has since made a huge impact on and off the pitch.

Bradbrook has made over 300 appearances for the National League South club and insists he feels extremely privileged to have captained the side.

“The club is very, very important to me,” he said.

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“I’m from Dartford and to play for your local team is obviously something that I really cherish.

“I’ve had opportunities to move to clubs in a higher position and perhaps earn more money but this club offered me an opportunity and I want to repay them with loyalty.

“I could not have asked any more from this football club and hopefully I’ve repaid them in some way with my performances on the pitch.”

After an indifferent start to the current campaign, Dartford have won their last two fixtures and Bradbrook is confident the squad is starting to find its feet in the league.

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He said: “It was never going to be easy building a brand new team and it was always going to take time to stabilise the club.

“We had a difficult period but we were creating chances - it was just a matter of getting that little bit of luck or a break.

“After being relegated I think a few bad results knocked our confidence – it doesn’t take much for a team to start thinking negatively and perhaps there was a bit of doom and gloom around the place.

“But I wasn’t really worried because I knew the players and the management were good enough to turn results around.”

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Bradbrook also believes Dartford’s young squad is capable of competing against the best teams in the league.

“We’ve put a lot of faith and trust in the younger guys,” he added.

“But I think they have performed really well and along with a few more experienced guys, we’re developing into a decent team.

“As a team we’re improving all the time and I see no reason why we can’t finish in the top half if not push for a play-off spot.”

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