Burman Explains Factors Behind Keeper Conundrum

Dartford boss Tony Burman hopes his decision to give long-term number one Deren Ibrahim some time off will reap rewards for both parties.

The Gibraltar international keeper has played over 150 times for the Darts over the past three years but was dropped for Saturday’s win at Wealdstone.

Dartford had conceded six times in their defeats to St Albans City and Chelmsford City and Ibrahim made way for new signing Berti Schotterl on Saturday.

The move seemed to work as the Darts got back to winning ways but it doesn’t spell the end for Ibrahim’s time at Princes Park.

The stopper will be given the chance to win the number one jersey back but Burman says it was a move that needed to be made.

He told Kent Online: “Deren has been in goal on his own for a long time and, in my opinion, he's had some situations over the last couple of months where he could have done better.

“When a player knows he might not be performing to his best, I don't want to put him through any more pain. As of today, he starts to recharge the batteries and get things right and challenge for that spot again.

“I need him to have a fresh mind. What's happened has happened and I'll be 100 per cent behind him.”

On Schotterl, Burman added: “He's come in to help us, we only got clearance late on Friday afternoon and we haven't seen loads of him but I had to do what I had to do on Saturday.”

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