Daggers striker Romain pleased to get chances to shine on loan last season
PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 June 2018
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Dagenham & Redbridge striker Elliott Romain is keen to use confidence gained from his loan spells last season when he returns to Victoria Road for pre-season next month.
The 26-year-old found playing time limited at Daggers last season and found himself on loan at National League South outfit Welling United and National League rivals Torquay United.
Romain made a total of 10 appearances for Dagenham, seven of them coming from the bench, and netted once before playing four times for the Wings and netting three times.
He then moved to the Gulls and made 13 appearances and found the net four times in their battle against relegation.
“I was pleased with my loan spells, they gave me confidence again in myself because obviously not getting many opportunities puts doubt in your mind on how you play, but going on loan just confirmed to me that I’m ready to push on,” said Romain.
The striker admits his loans were about more than finding the net again and also about regular game time to bring back his confidence.
“I scored a few and I was pretty happy with that, but it was mainly about getting game time because when you don’t play as much you lose your sharpness, your fitness and that was what I was doing,” added Romain.
“When I was at Dagenham I played one or two games and came off the bench a few times, but that really isn’t that good for progressing personally, which is what I want to do.
“Playing every game at Welling and Torquay really helped.”
The former Eastbourne Borough attacker believes his time at Torquay helped him realise he is good to be playing at National League level after impressing during his few months at the club.
“It built confidence in me as I was playing every game. The fans and the manager said how well I was doing, so it made me realise I’m obviously good enough to play at this level.”
He also revealed, despite being in a relegation battle, he tried to not let the pressure get to him and wanted to put in his best performance every match for the Gulls.
“I don’t like to let positions in the table affect me sort of thing, I try and just do what I can every game, without thinking of the outside things,” he said.