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Dagger Doidge has big point to prove

17:30 17 October 2014

Christian Doidge of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Christian Doidge of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Welsh forward excited to face Newport County at Victoria Road

Daggers' Christian Doidge is sure everything will click for him. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTODaggers' Christian Doidge is sure everything will click for him. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Christian Doidge grew up watching Newport County but now hopes he can help Dagenham & Redbridge beat the Welsh club when they visit tomorrow (Saturday).

The forward, who signed from Welsh Premier League outfit Carmarthen Town in August, has endured a frustrating start to life at Victoria Road as shortly after joining he picked up an ankle injury that ruled him out for a month.

But Doidge is feeling fully fit again now and is looking forward to facing a team he is familiar with this weekend.

“It is crazy because I used to watch Newport as a kid growing up,” said Doidge.

“It is absolutely mad and I am looking forward to the challenge, but the three points are the most important thing, so hopefully we get that.

“I have a lot of friends and family friends who are Newport County supporters so they are coming to watch.

“I just want to get minutes under my belt and get more confidence in front of goal and hopefully get my first goal and then I will be flying.”

It could have been different for the 22-year-old Welshman, though.

Doidge trained with Newport in the summer before earning a trial and, subsequently, a deal with Wayne Burnett’s Daggers.

The forward is pleased with how things worked out in the end, adding: “In the summer, I wouldn’t say it was a trial, but I went training (with Newport).

“I went down there and had a look, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“And as soon as I came on trial with Dagenham I knew I wanted to join them and I am glad I joined them.

“I am thoroughly enjoying my time at the moment and I just can’t wait to get out there and score some goals.”

Doidge has started Daggers last two matches against local rivals Leyton Orient in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and last weekend against Accrington Stanley.

He would love to get another chance from the off tomorrow, but is concentrating on building up his match fitness first before showing everyone the form he displayed in the summer.

Doidge added: “I had a good pre-season, but when you get injured it is almost like you are six weeks behind.

“It was really tough, but I am working really hard now to get my fitness back and be the player I was in the summer and I am not too far away.

“Hopefully I can start another game (this weekend).”

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