National League: Dagenham & Redbridge defender Craig Robson departs for Barnet and youngster Elliot Bonds pens new deal
PUBLISHED: 11:09 16 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:09 16 June 2018
Dagenham & Redbridge captain Craig Robson has completed a move to National League rivals Barnet FC.
The 26-year-old defender has left the club and joined Daggers former management team of John Still and Darren Currie at the Bees ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Robson joined the Victoria Road outfit in the 2016 close season from Nyewood Lane where he played over 150 games.
He has since made 74 appearances for Dagenham and came second in the 2017/18 Daggers player of the year awards.
A club statement said: “We’d like to thank Craig for his services and wish him every success for the future (except on the days that Barnet are playing The Daggers).
“Although there was a fee involved in this transfer, we are bound by the terms of the agreement not to disclose the amount.”
Robson will link up with former team-mate Mark Cousins who also joined Barnet this week.
In other news midfielder Elliot Bonds has signed his first professional contract with the club until the summer of 2020.
Bonds played a significant part in the Academy team’s impressive run last season, which saw them make it as far as the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup where they faced Ipswich Town.
His goal in that game gave The Daggers side the lead at Portman Road before Ipswich came back to complete a 2-1 turnaround.
A month later, Bonds made his first team debut in the 3-0 victory away to Torquay United, where he became one of the youngest players ever to make a first team appearance for the club.
Bonds finished the season with five first team appearances to his name and he spoke of his delight of signing his first professional contract at the club, “I’m delighted, I’d like to say it has been a long time coming but I am really proud for me and my family to come here and do it,” he said.
“It’s crazy to think that I started last season as an under 18, second year scholar.
“To end the season playing for the first team for the last five games was a massive progression and I just worked really hard for it.”
The 18-year-old mentioned how he is looking forward to working under new Manager Peter Taylor.
“I’ve heard very good things about him and it will be good to have a fresh start as well. Everyone can impress and you can start from scratch and I am just looking forward to it.
“On a personal note, I would like to get as many games under my belt as I can.
“Playing for the first team is completely different to the under 18s as in the men’s games you learn new things and you learn things quicker.”