DOVER ATHLETIC are delighted to announce that agreement has been reached between Jim Parmenter and club major shareholders John and Alan Husk.

Jim, who is leading a consortium intent on rescuing the club from being wound up, confirmed today that his group have taken over.

He said:”I’ve now finally reached a satisfactory agreement with John and Alan over their shareholding. We now have to move quickly to satisfy the major creditors and stabilize the situation.

“The documents have bee signed and contracts have been exchanged. So we have now pressed the button and it’s all systems go. There is a lot of work to do on and off the pitch, but I’m grateful to have such able consortium members who are keen to assist.”

Jim’s consortium, which includes local businessman Roger Knight, still believe the club can avoid relegation – and boss Steve Browne is being allowed to sign a prolific striker before the Ryman League Premier Division match at Northwood on Saturday.

He said: “We saw a lot of encouraging signs during the game against AFC Wimbledon and are allowing Steve Browne to sign us a striker. But he is working under a budget and we are determined that the club has a squad of 17-odd players.

“Steve wants a squad of that size too. We believe it’s important to get a tight-knit squad, who all want to pull in the right direction and save the club from relegation. If we string a run of wins together, we can give ourselves a chance.”

Jim stresses that he is not a one-man band and that the club’s nosedive in recent seasons can only be reversed with the combined efforts of his consortium, the Supporters Trust and all the Dover Athletic fans.

He added: “It is vital that the supporters turn up at games in large numbers. I’d like to tell them that we are going to be working very hard to get this club heading back in the right direction. It can be done and will be done – if we all pull together.”

Supporters Trust chairman Simon Harris added: “This is excellent news. I am relieved that we now have a club going forward. With the continued support of the fans, we can progress and now we hope the improved performances on the pitch can be turned into victories.”