TONY Burman claims he is delighted to have finally landed Jamie Day after chasing the midfielder for 18 months.

The Dartford boss has always been an admirer of the player and tried to sign him when he left Welling.

However, Day opted for a switch to full-time football with Grays Athletic although things failed to work out in Essex and now Burman has swooped by signing him for Dartford until the end of the season.

He said: "I've wanted Jamie here for a year and a half now, so I am absolutely delighted to get him.

"He hasn't enjoyed the best of times with Grays and has had to sort out his contract situation there, which he has done now.

"Jamie says all he wants to do is play regular football and it is great news he will be doing it for us."

Burman added he doesn't expect to make any new signings in the immediate future and will give his present squad the chance to impress before shaking things up.

He said: "We've got a strong squad of 18 players and even though things didn't go so well in our first week in this division, it is still very early days.

"We've got to wait at least 12 games to assess the situation and there will not be any more people coming in until then."

Dartford picked up their first victory in the Ryman Premiership on Monday thanks to Jamie Coyle's last-gasp winner.

The manager was pleased with the outcome and believes his side finally got the rub of the green after some decent performances, if not results, up until this point.

He explained: "The game at Harlow followed on from the way we played against Dover and Hastings.

"The only difference was we were finally able to convert some of the chances which came our way at Harlow.

"Jamie Coyle left it late but he atoned for his penalty miss about 10 minutes earlier and I was pleased for him."

Dartford will be looking to make it back-to-back wins this Saturday when they entertain Wealdstone at Princes Park, although Burman will be without the services of five players.

Alex O'Brien and Ray Powell begin three game bans, while John Guest serves his one match suspension.

Brendon Cass is unavailable through personal commitments and Steve Norman, who finds out today if he requires an operation for his hernia injury, remains unfit.

Burman said: "We will give a couple of our under-21s the chance to join the squad and it is a chance for them to make an impression.

"Wealdstone will be a hard game, but we've quickly learned this is a much better division then the one we were in last year so every match will be tough."