The 11 best non-league signings to make in Football Manager 2017

Fraser Gilbert highlights the game’s top wonderkids and standout performers from the Vanarama National League and below

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It’s easy to overlook non-league football, but do so at your peril. Players like Jamie Vardy, Charlie Austin and Andre Gray all flourished in the lower leagues, and promising young stars continue to be discovered on a regular basis.

The Vanarama National League is packed with high-profile teams. Whether you’re battling among them or scouting a cheap star for the highest tiers of English football, you’ll want to identify the best potential signings on offer. Non-league is an unfamiliar world to many, so here’s our pick of the bunch...

Jonny Maxted (GK)

Team: Guiseley
Initial value: £28.5k
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Need to know: Maxted is a talented young keeper who recently made the National League switch from Forest Green to Guiseley. He was also voted player of the season by the club’s fans, helping the team to avoid relegation by a single point. FM 2017 rates him highly, suggesting he can become a star League One keeper in the future.

Sam Magri (RB)

Team: Dover Athletic
Initial value: £36k
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Need to know: Versatile defender Magri began his career at Portsmouth, QPR and Crystal Palace before making the switch to Dover Athletic of the National League. The Malta international benefits from his leadership, determination and consistency in FM 2017, and comes packed with outstanding potential.

David Ferguson (LB)

Team: Darlington
Initial value: £63k
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Need to know: At just 22 years old, Ferguson has already gained plenty of experience at Football League level. He captained Blackpool during their doomed freefall phase in League One, before eventually heading back to his original club after a spell with Shildon AFC. His physical stats are particularly impressive in-game, and his leadership and determination attributes lend well to any side.

Sean Raggett (CB)

Team: Lincoln City
Initial value: £46k
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Need to know: Ex-Dover defender Raggett enjoyed a season to remember in 2016/17. The highly rated centre-back won promotion with Lincoln City, and famously scored a last-minute winner against Premier League side Burnley in the FA Cup fifth round. In-game, Raggett’s 18 for natural fitness, 15 strength and 15 heading make him a great buy for Football League sides in FM 2017.