Craig Hignett has fought off competition from other league clubs to land the signature of highly-rated midfielder Nicky Deverdics from Dover Athletic.
The 28-year-old was one of the stars of The Whites’ 2015/16 campaign and scored an impressive sixteen goals from midfield, skippering the club to the National League play-off semi-finals.
A creative player who is dangerous from set-pieces, Newcastle-born Deverdics began his career as a trainee with The Magpies before moving on to enjoy spells with Gateshead and Bedlington Terriers.
It was with Gretna that he enjoyed his first successes, helping the club’s charge from Division Three to the top flight of Scottish football where he went on to make 26 appearances.
When Gretna encountered financial difficulties, he was picked up by Barnet and he spent two years with The Bees for whom he made 51 appearances.
After spells back in the North with Blyth Spartans and Alfreton Town, Deverdics gained experience of life abroad when he spent time with Icelandic club BI/Bolungravik and TB Tvoroyri of the Faroe Islands.
He arrived at Dover in 2014 on trial and quickly did enough to impress the hierarchy and earn a deal with the Crabble Athletic Ground outfit.
“Every time we’ve seen him play he’s been excellent and so have all the reports we have had on him,” explained Hignett.
“He’s the best player in the National League in a lot of people’s eyes; he’s got a great left foot, is very creative and he can make goals as well as score them.
“There were a few clubs in for him but we met him very early and tried to sell the Club to him and we managed to convince him that this is the place for him.
“Nicky is very ambitious and he wants to join a club who are pushing and hopefully we can give him that platform here.”