Yusuff looking to get Daggers back on form
PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 December 2014
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Forward to face former club Stevenage as well as Southend during congested festive period
Dagenham & Redbridge forward Ade Yusuff is relishing the prospect of facing his former side Stevenage on Boxing Day (tomorrow) and is determined to get one over the team that rejected him during the start of his playing career.
The 20-year-old began his career with the Hertfordshire club and was offered a two-year scholarship with them in 2010.
However, it didn’t work out for Yusuff and he was released in 2012, before he made his way in the non-league circuit.
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett gave him another chance in the professional game in September. And if he is given an opportunity to play against Boro, he will be doing all he can to defeat them.
“It is always nice to be starting,” said Yusuff after returning to the team against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park last weekend.
“I don’t think I had my greatest game, but sometimes things don’t go for you.
“I will work hard in training and hopefully I get given another chance against Stevenage. I did start my career there and it is quite a big game for me.
“If I do get to play some part I would like to get one over them, it will be an interesting game.”
Although Yusuff was unhappy Stevenage didn’t offer him a professional deal, he is keen not to dwell on the past.
And he reiterated his delight that Daggers gave him a chance to play league football.
“I got a scholarship and I thought I did quite well when I was at Stevenage in my second year,” added Yusuff.
“I had injuries in my first year, but second year I scored about 18 goals or so for the youth team and sometimes you get a chance when you are a goalscorer.
“You might not be the most consistent, but if you score goals you are capable. But it didn’t really work out that way.
“I had to go down the non-league route to get another chance and I am not going to dwell on the past. Things happen, but I’m just glad I am back in the professional game and getting a chance.”
Daggers will be hoping to get back to winning ways tomorrow, after losing 3-0 at Plymouth.
Stevenage come to Victoria Road for an earlier than usual 2pm kick-off, before Burnett’s side then face another local rival in Southend United two days later on December 28 (Sunday) at Roots Hall, with the usual 3pm start.
Yusuff is excited to be involved in the congested Christmas period on a larger scale this year.
“If we could get a win on Boxing Day and I do play, I’ll be happy,” added Yusuff.
“I did play last year over Christmas at Chatham, but not exactly as many people were watching, so it will be interesting this year to be involved.
“Southend is another local club and it should turn out to be a good game as well, I think.
“Hopefully we can get two good results against Stevenage and Southend.”