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Hornets confirm Eve interest

Town return: Eve is believed to be contemplating a move back to Bermuda to play for Dandy Town

Jomar Wilkinson, the Dandy Town coach, has confirmed that Bermuda goalkeeper Dale Eve has “strong interest” in joining his former club.

The former Stoke City player is out of contract in England and is believed to be open to signing for Town, where he came up through the junior ranks, when he eventually returns home.

“Dale is interested in coming back and offering his services to us,” Wilkinson said. “Dale is a product of Dandy Town and he is out of contract in England and he has showed some interest in coming back.”

Eve’s return would serve as a major boost for Wilkinson, who lost the services of No 1 goalkeeper Mikkial Crockwell to First Division St David’s in the summer.

“We have Ajai Daniels as our No 1 goalkeeper at the moment and so when Dale comes back he has to compete for spots,” Wilkinson said.

In the event that Eve rejoins Town he would have to wait a 30-day period before being eligible to play in accordance with Fifa rules.

Eve initially signed a one-year deal at Stoke which was extended for another two years as reward after a string of impressive performances for the club’s under-21 side.

The 6tf 4in goalkeeper also had loan spells with Fleetwood Town, Nuneaton Town, Newcastle Town and Congleton before being released by the Barclays Premier League side.

He signed for Forest Green Rovers, of the Vanarama National League, in February of this year after his departure from the Brittania Stadium.

Eve had previously had a spell on loan at Forest Green, who play in the fourth tier of the English game, in October last year, appearing in the televised 2-1 victory away to Margate in the FA Cup fourth-round qualifying match

However, he asked to leave the club before the end of last season as he was frustrated at his lack of playing time.

Last week it emerged that Town had been bolstered by the return of Kwame Steede, another product of the club’s thriving youth programme, where professionals Khano Smith, Reggie Lambe and Nahki Wells cut their teeth.

Town have advanced to the semi-finals of the Dudley Eve Trophy and beat PHC Zebras 4-2 in their final group B game at Police Field at the weekend.