TWO American strikers are hoping to light up the National League South with East Thurrock United this season.

Danilo Orsi-Dadomo and Gabe Kellum will turn out for the Rocks this term.

Orsi-Dadomo, 22, was born in north London but has been playing professionally for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Miami most recently.

Kellum, 23, hails from France but moved to the USA when he was 18 to play for Seattle Pacific University.

Both scored in Saturday’s 2-1 pre-season win against Canvey Island and they are excited at the next challenge on their travels.

“I wanted to come back home to be closer to the family,” said Orsi-Dodomo.

“Covo (Rocks boss John Coventry) got in touch and I came down for a trial and I am pleased to be here. It’s a great club going places and it’s the right fit for me.

“The management and staff are great and very welcoming. We want to get going now and have got some good results so far in pre-season.

“We want to be best prepared but I think if we perform we can do well.

“It is nice to get another goal in pre-season and let’s hope I and the team can carry on scoring.”

“I played for four-and-a-half years in Pacific Northwest and at the end of the fourth season I emailed Covo and I came in for a trial in February,” said Kellum, who is living in Romford.

“We stayed in contact all the while I had trials in Europe and the USA, but I am pleased to be here now.

“I am quick and I like balls in behind. I’m a good finisher and although I’m not the strongest, players often can’t keep up with me.”

And Coventry said he was pleased with his two latest recruits.

“They are attacking players and I am excited to have them,” he said. “I know I’m overloaded in forward areas but I am trying to make a system work where we can get three of them onto the pitch at once.

“I want competition such as we have not had in the past.”