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Daggers boss discusses youth progression

18:00 26 November 2014

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Victoria Road manager revealed club sold youngster to Championship team last month

Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett has discussed the youth development work that has been ongoing at the club since his arrival and believes everything is progressing well.

In March, the Victoria Road club were awarded Category 3 status under the Governing Bodies Elite Player Performance Plan.

Two years of hard work had been put in to ensure the club could continue operating as an academy and they earned EPPP status.

Manager Wayne Burnett and Managing Director Steve Thompson MBE had a pivotal part to play in helping the club push to get an EPPP status.

And speaking after Saturday’s home victory against Carlisle United, Burnett said: “Since my reign there are lots of things that have happened and I am talking about the bigger picture.

“We have managed to gain EPPP status as a Category 3 club. We have sold an under-14 boy, literally last month to a Championship club.

“We have had four youth team players in the first team in the last 12 months so we are doing something right.”

Jamal Balugo was the under-14 player who was sold last month for a reported five-figure sum to Championship outfit Reading.

Whilst the likes of Jack Connors, Ian Gayle, Jon Nouble and Mason Bloomfield have all featured for the first team over the past 12 months.

Burnett went on to praise the work put in by Warren Hackett, who is Head of Youth at the club.

Daggers boss also acknowledged the efforts of Academy manager Kenny Brown and under-18’s manager and Head of Academy coaching Micah Hyde.

“Steve Thompson and I were the ones that really instigated the switch to EPPP and pushed it through,” revealed Burnett in his post match interview following Saturday’s victory.

“Without us it wouldn’t be where it is today, that is a fact. People probably don’t see that.

“Warren has come along, picked the baton up and run with it. Now we have Micah Hyde and Kenny Brown who are taking it forward again.

“This club has got category three status EPPP which is incredible.

“We sold a boy to a Championship club, an under-14, last month, we have had four or five that have played in the first team. That is progression, that is moving forward.”

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