Daggers add Olympian Grant to coaching staff
PUBLISHED: 17:24 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:24 10 September 2014
Dagenham & Redbridge have added Olympian and former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dalton Grant to their coaching set-up.
Grant will work closely with strength and conditioning coach Leon Martin at the Daggers on a part-time basis, and the former high jumper hopes to make a difference at Victoria Road.
“It was great to be asked by manager Wayne Burnett to come in and lend a hand at the club,” said Grant.
“I’ve worked with football players on an individual basis for quite some time now, but hopefully I can provide extra support to the team and add something a little bit different to what the club already has.
“It’s only been a couple of weeks so far but it’s been a great experience getting to know how it all works behind the scenes at a football club.”
Grant has spent some time working with former Daggers loanee Lawson D’Ath, who featured off the bench for Northampton in their 2-0 victory over Burnett’s men.
Others include the likes of Luton Town’s Pelly Ruddock, new Mansfield Town striker Rakish Bingham and Blackpool loanee Donervon Daniels. And while used to the
individual approach as an athlete for over two decades, Grant hopes he can pass on his experiences at the highest level of that sport to the current Daggers squad.
“Whatever sport it is you should want to improve,” he added.
“As an athlete I had to deal with plenty of pressure and hopefully the players will want to learn from my experiences at the top level.
“Everyone has been great so far and welcomed me into the group with open arms.
“It’s a very talented bunch of players at the club, but you can’t be complacent.
“For some players it may just be a few little things that need working on. It’s all in the detail, but hopefully I can have a good impact on the squad.”
And first team boss Wayne Burnett believes he’s already become an instant hit with the squad.
“All the boys have taken a liking to him already,” said Burnett. “He’s been wonderful so far and all the players have bought into what he’s trying to bring into the group.
“The group can only enhance because of his experience he’s had. In athletics it is all about the winning and he will make us stronger for that. I wouldn’t have brought him in if I didn’t think he’d make a difference.
“The first few weeks with Dalton have been great and that bodes well for the future.”