Hines hoping to repay Daggers
16:43 21 August 2014
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It may be a little while before Daggers have Zavon Hines back in action, but the winger is keen to repay the faith shown in him by boss Wayne Burnett.
Hines re-signed for Daggers on a two-year deal recently, despite still recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury picked up in March.
Former West Ham youngster Hines, who played 31 times for Daggers last season, is not likely to feature for Burnett’s side until November/December time because of the injury, but that didn’t stop him securing a return to Victoria Road.
“It’s nice to be back around the familiar surroundings and now it’s just a matter of trying to get fit,” said Hines.
“I am not going to put a date on it because I keep on hearing different things. My knee feels fine right now, but I’m just going to take it one step at a time.
“I have had a personal trainer and I’ve been doing some stuff to keep on top of what I’ve been doing before, but it’s not too bad now.
“I am just looking forward to getting back fit and contributing.”
Hines is a popular figure among the Daggers faithful following the impact he had last season, scoring eight goals and adding plenty of assists along the way, before the knee injury brought a premature end to his campaign.
The 25-year-old appreciated all the messages he received on Twitter from the fans after news of his return was made public, and when he does get back on the pitch he is keen to repay the faith shown in him by the club and supporters.
“It’s nice to see that even though I was injured at the end of last season I still made an impact and the fans appreciated it,” he added.
“Hopefully I can repay that when I am back fit.
“It’s always good to have a bit of security behind you in a two-year deal, but it is also for the club.
“They have shown faith in me by giving me that time.”
There have been plenty of changes since Hines last walked into the Daggers changing room, with no fewer than 12 players joining the club over the summer.
But while there are some new faces at Victoria Road, he feels the club can build on last season’s ninth-place finish and push on towards the play-off places.
“The changing room does feel a little bit different, but I know the majority of them and there’s still a few familiar faces so that’s nice,” said Hines.
“The gaffer has added good quality and experience.
“That’s what we sometimes lacked at stages last term and I think we are in for an interesting season.
“Jamie Cureton is a proven goalscorer over the years and I think that will only help.
“When Rhys (Murphy) comes back as well we’ll have two very good strikers and that can only bode well.
“The challenge is always to improve, and hopefully we will at least get into the play-offs this season.
“That’s my aim for the team and we’ll see what happens.”