New defender for Daggers in time for Vale

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still has confirmed he will have a new left-back at the club before Saturday s encounter with Port Vale after Scott Griffiths moved to Peterborough United last week.

by MIKE SIMMONDS

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still has confirmed he will have a new left-back at the club before Saturday's encounter with Port Vale after Scott Griffiths moved to Peterborough United last week.

The 23-year-old, who made 234 appearances in his five years at Victoria Road, joined the Posh on Friday on loan with a view to making the move permanent in January.

Griffiths' exit means there is no natural left back, something Still will be looking to change before Vale come to town. "I have plenty of irons in plenty of fires," said a confident Still.


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"I will get someone in, it will be done before the weekend. Good luck to Scott and we have got to find the next Scott Griffiths now, but we can do that."

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Although there are no hard feelings between the manager and Griffiths, the Daggers boss slammed his advisors for coming close to ruining the move to London Road.

The transfer almost broke down when Griffiths' agent rejected personal terms, before stating that the full-back, who was out of contract in the summer, would not be allowed to discuss a new deal with Daggers.

Both clubs managed to resurrect the deal late in the week though and the defender was on the bench for Peterborough's 3-0 win over Scunthorpe on Saturday.

"I would have liked Scott to have moved with everyone standing at the door clapping him out. Technically we did do that, but we weren't allowed to do it in the way that everyone would have liked," said the manager, who didn't want to lose Griffiths for free in the summer as he did with Danny Foster, Ben Strevens and Sam Saunders last season.

Advisor

"With those three, they made it clear that if we went up they would still be here. Scott's advisor and I have to say that, advisor, said he wouldn't be signing under any circumstances.

"Peterborough were bitterly disappointed with it as we were. I have a great relationship with Scott and his dad, they thanked me for the help that I had done to arrange this move.

"The agent didn't arrange the move, he wasn't on board, I got them all together and it was the advisors that neither club was happy with.

"But it is how it is, we've dealt with it and moved on."

Daggers are at home to 13th-placed Port Vale this weekend, who have gone six games unbeaten since manager Micky Adams put the whole team on the transfer list after a 3-1 defeat to Notts County.

Experienced

"Micky is very experienced manager," said Still.

"He used his experience in listing his team as he was never going to sell all those players and what he did might have jollied a few of them up."

Meanwhile, Daggers FA Cup match at Huddersfield Town has been moved to Friday, November 6, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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