Hythe boss Steve Watt has the seasoned defender he was looking for after signing Scott Doe from Welling.
Watt moved to the former Dagenham and Dover center-half, 32, after Tom Wynter retired.
He played all 90 minutes of Hythe‘s 2-1 friendly loss to Maidstone last Thursday.
“I am delighted to have him,” said Canons boss Watt.
“It was agreed a few weeks ago, but then he went on vacation, so there was a bit of a delay to integrate him.
“He showed his quality in that first game and he spent the 90 minutes well, even though he hadn’t done anything for a while.
“Of course he still has to catch up, but when you’re an experienced player going down a few levels, in my experience you find that you can handle the game a little better.
“We’re going to take it step by step, but he looked great against Maidstone.
“Whenever I create teams, I always look for an experienced backbone and then add elements around it.
“After losing Tom, it’s great to have someone like Scott. He will be a huge asset.”
Doe’s arrival means Hythe is finished in the transfer market, having also signed Jacob Gilbert and Jordan Sarfo.
Watt sees great potential in Gilbert as he bumped into Sarfo.
“This is what we have done now, unless something extraordinary arises and we feel we need to do something,” Watt said.
“I am more than happy with the business we have done.
“The important thing was to keep everyone together and then add to it, which we did.
“Gilbs is someone I have known from afar in Maidstone.
“He came to help for a game and stood out. He reminds me of a young Alex Brown, he plays with great energy and is technically good.
“I have to work more with him to add goals to his game, but he’s an exciting young player with great potential.
“Jordan’s that I didn’t know anything about. David Smith, who plays for Folkestone, asked if his mate could train with us.
“They were having a blast on the five-a-side pitches in Gillingham, where Pro Soccer is based, when I showed up for work.
“I didn’t think anything would come of it, but he was excellent.
“He’s completely different from what we have.
“Nowadays the wingers tend to come in and tie the game, which is good, but Jordan is an old-fashioned winger, very quick and straightforward.
“He wants to get inside sometimes, but I told him your strength is to face people and face defenders, keep doing that.” It was a big surprise for us in the preseason.
Hythe, who ends the preseason at Margate on Saturday, has announced a coaching role for forward Frannie Collin.
Watt said: “First and foremost, Frannie is still a very important player for us, but I felt it was a good time to give him a chance to take the plunge.
“He strengthens the team behind the scenes and it’s good to have a player’s perspective because it’s a whole different game when you’re there.
“He’s someone I lean on and that’s mainly to make it official.
“He has a great knowledge of the game and I would trust him to give any ideas or advice anywhere on the pitch, but for young forwards to have him at their disposal, there is no one better in non-league football for learning. “
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