Dagenham & Redbridge: Joe White caps unforgettable three days with first club goal against Gateshead

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 September 2017

Russell Penn of Gateshead and Joe White of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Russell Penn of Gateshead and Joe White of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers youngster signed contract extension on Thursday, before netting opener in win against Heed on Saturday

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Joe White netted his first goal for the club on Saturday to cap a memorable week for the teenager.

Last Thursday, the 18-year-old signed a three-year contract extension with the Essex outfit.

On Saturday against Gateshead, the Daggers academy product was then given his first start for the club by boss John Still, before going on to net the opener in the 13th minute.

Team mates Morgan Ferrier and Elliott Romain, also netting his first club goal, struck in the final 10 minutes of the game as Daggers beat the Heed 3-1 at Victoria Road.

But the day belonged to White, who became the first academy graduate to score in a first team match for Daggers since Jodi Jones in September 2015.

“It was a great cross from Jake Howells, a great header from Morgan, a good save from their keeper and I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time,” said the youngster.

“Being a striker, you know if you follow the ball in you’ll get a chance. Thankfully the ball dropped to me and I had an empty net to put it in.”

White was given his chance in the first team following injuries to Michael Cheek and Corey Whitely, as well as the departure of Oliver Hawkins to Portsmouth last Thursday.

The teenager was delighted to make such an impact on his first start for Daggers and says it was important he gave boss John Still something to think about in the future.

“I have to keep working hard and nail the position down when I have the chance,” added White.

“Hopefully it will be a tough choice for the gaffer when we’re all fit.”

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