*BS*Nicky Forster has completed the signing of goalkeeper Mitchell Walker from Brighton & Hove Albion.*BF*

The highly-rated youngster has experience of Blue Square Bet South football, having played for Eastbourne Borough and Welling United in the past two seasons.

Walker made his professional debut for Brighton on the last day of the 2009-10 season in a 1–0 victory over Yeovil Town. He will compete with Lee Hook for the No 1 jersey at Crabble next season.

Nicky Forster told doverathletic.com: “Mitch is a fantastic prospect who has a maturity beyond his years, a goalkeeper with huge presence who has featured in League One with Brighton & Hove Albion.

“We have worked hard for his signature as he turned down a professional club in order to sign for Dover Athletic, which shows the quality of players we are now trying to attract here.”

This signing means Whites’ boss is close to completing the defensive part of his squad. Of the 12 players currently signed on contract, two are goalkeepers and six are defenders.

Forster moved to bolster the squad’s midfield at the weekend with the capture of Steven Thomson from St Mirren.

Nicky said: “I am delighted get Thommo down here at Crabble, especially as his signature was being chased by a number of other clubs both in our league and above.

“He is an experienced professional who is still hungry for success and will bring a level of experience that at times we missed last season, especially during the key run in.”