Search

Daggers boss on the lookout for two experienced goalkeepers

10:26 22 May 2014

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett looks on at Cheltenham Town (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett looks on at Cheltenham Town (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football Leagu

The old adage is a good goalkeeper saves you 10-15 points a season, and Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett has his eyes on recruiting two experienced custodians over the summer.

The Victoria Road side are currently without a goalkeeper having not offered youngster Jordan Seabright a new deal, while number one Chris Lewington has opted for pastures new.

That leaves the Daggers in a slight predicament and, while it is still early days, Burnett indicated a desire to have two goalkeepers fighting tooth and nail for a regular berth in his starting XI next season.

“I’m looking for two experienced first-team goalkeepers,” said Burnett. “I looked at it last season and Chris wasn’t really getting pushed in all fairness.

“Jordan came in on the odd occasion and did reasonably well but at his young age he needs to be playing games and that’s what I told him.

“I didn’t feel he was ready for the first team. He never had the opportunity to play too many games, especially over the Christmas period when there weren’t so many development team games.

“In an ideal world I would have had three goalkeepers with Jordan out on loan, but the finances made it impossible to do so.”

At the other end of the field, Burnett also hinted that striker Afolabi Obafemi would be offered a new deal with negotiations still ongoing.

But he is still waiting for news on Gavin Hoyte, Zavon Hines, Bradley Goldberg and Ian Gayle, having offered them new deals last week.

Burnett would like to go with a squad of around 24 players for the 2014/15 campaign and will not rule out loans, dependant on Hines and last season’s injured top goalscorer Rhys Murphy.

“It was a small squad last season and that was dictated by finances and we were fortunate with other clubs and their loan deals,” he added.

“But I’d like around 24 players this season, and some may be loans because we don’t know at the moment if Zavon will firstly sign a deal and whether he’d be fit in time for the start of the season.

“It’s still a waiting game as well with Rhys at the moment with his hip injury so we’ll just have to wait and see.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Barking and Dagenham Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Barking and Dagenham Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Barking and Dagenham Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Barking and Dagenham Sports News

Yesterday, 16:00

Blues lost to title rivals Clapton at end of January, but are unbeaten since

Yesterday, 14:00

Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2016/17 season

Yesterday, 09:30

Caleb Clayman provides player ratings following the 2-1 win at home to Bromley in the National League

Wed, 17:30

Daggers new man came through 57 minutes of Tuesday’s 2-1 win at home to Bromley

Wed, 17:13

Daggers number two swaps east London for Norfolk to take charge of Linnets

Wed, 15:30

Jack Courtney delighted to see several local boys and girls enjoying their rugby

Wed, 15:00

Youngster earns narrow win over fellow title-holder

Our West Ham Columnist hails the Cowley brothers and talks about winter breaks

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now