Daggers set for a visit from one of their former stars as Maguire-Drew makes return
PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 October 2018
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Winger enjoyed a productive loan spell with Daggers in the 2016/17 season, but is now on loan at Wrexham
While Dagenham & Redbridge may find themselves currently languishing in the Vanarama National League relegation zone, the visit from Wrexham — and one player in particular — on Saturday may conjure memories of a happier time.
Jordan Maguire-Drew is currently on loan at the Dragons from Brighton & Hove Albion, but enjoyed a highly-productive stint with Daggers in the 2016/17 season.
The then teenager formed part of a fearsome attack for the Essex club that also featured Oliver Hawkins (now at Portsmouth), Fejiri Okenabirhie (currently at Shrewsbury Town) and Corey Whitely (now of Ebbsfleet United).
The quartet was Daggers’ own ‘Fab Four’ — notching 54 goals in the league and assisting countless others.
Of the group, Maguire-Drew was probably the one who showed most flair and was eager to torment opposition defences on a weekly basis.
The young attacker had a penchant for the spectacular, too, with some of his 14 strikes among the most memorable in Daggers’ recent history.
There was the effort at Woking, where he cut inside onto his favoured left boot before curling past a helpless Michael Poke in goal for the Cards.
Then there was THAT strike at Solihull Moors, when Maguire-Drew viciously lashed home a half-volley from a full 25 yards which rightly won Daggers’ goal of the season award.
His dink at Macclesfield Town late in the season was delightful too; in short, the talented youngster could have had category all of his own for goal of the season.
That’s not to say there were times when Maguire-Drew would frustrate fans watching, sometimes running down blind alleys or making the wrong decision.
The mark of the man, though, was that he would try and try again, despite the disappointments of it not coming off for him previously.
Maguire-Drew was also good for quote and his views on playing regular men’s football, rather than feature for Brighton’s youth team in the Checkatrade Trophy were particularly engaging.
His post-match interview following the first leg of National League promotion semi-final against Forest Green Rovers was also memorable, even if his words may not have had the desired effect as Daggers went on to lose to second leg.
Maguire-Drew is sure to get a good reception from Daggers fans on Saturday, but those who adored him during his loan spell at Victoria Road will hope he does not hit the heights of two seasons ago.