JASON Dodd has played down the extent of his involvement at Gosport Borough FC.

The ambitious Conference South club has announced that Dodd and former Saints teammate Paul Williams have “joined the Borough backroom team on a permanent basis”, with manager Alex Pike saying: “They will be involved in every aspect.”

But Dodd said: “People keep coming up to me congratulating me on the new job but that’s not the case.

“It’s an informal arrangement, we’re not involved on match days, we’ve just helped out by doing a couple of training sessions as a favour.

“Our involvement came about through my friendship with [Gosport goalkeeping coach] Wayne Shaw, who I know from our days at Eastleigh.

“He invited us down to the club and when Alex saw us there he was very keen to get us involved.

“We’re happy to help out, but that’s all it is. We’re going to do one session a week but Gosport know that if a job comes up we won’t be able to continue.” Dodd and Williams have been out of the game since being axed by Saints in May, after four-and-a- half years as the club’s U18s coaches.

Their Saints connections have helped bring former academy midfielder Andy Robinson to Privett Park and they have also been involved in the development of this season's five graduates to the first team - Jake Hesketh, Harrison Reed, Jason McCarthy, Dominic Gape and Matt Targett.