Spiller and Hendry expected to sign for Daggers

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE expect to complete the signing of former Millwall and Gillingham midfielder Danny Spiller in time for Chesterfield s visit on Saturday. As the Post went to press on Tuesday, the 28-year-old was putting the finishing touches on a deal

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE expect to complete the signing of former Millwall and Gillingham midfielder Danny Spiller in time for Chesterfield's visit on Saturday, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.

The 28-year-old has spent this week putting the finishing touches on a deal which will keep him at the club until Christmas.

"He's a very, very good player and I am taking him on a short-term contract," said manager John Still.


"He has trained well, he has a good attitude and it's a win, win situation for both parties. It might be on his mind that if he is playing regularly, he might get back to a higher level, and I understand that."

The Maidstone-born midfielder spent most of pre-season on trial at Brighton & Hove Albion, before a brief spell with Wycombe Wanderers, where he started the 4-0 Carling Cup defeat against Peterborough United in August.

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He was the subject of a �750,000 bid from West Ham in his Gillingham days, where he was named player of the season in 2003-04 and made over 120 appearances for the Gills before joining Millwall, but injury wrecked his spell at the New Den.

"He went to Brighton in pre-season and could have stayed as they wanted him for longer," said Still.

"I've known him for ages and told him that I wasn't going to mess him about and that I wanted to take him on.


"He came in for a week, enjoyed it, he got 90 minutes for Welling United at the weekend and is ready to go."

Still could also finalise a move for former Hayes & Yeading midfielder Will Hendry, as long as the youngster can prove his fitness.

"I am in talks with Will, the problem is he isn't fit at the moment, but I will speak to his advisor and that should be settled," said the boss, who was linked with Hucknall Town centre-half Adrian Hawes in the week.

"We have watched him, but we watch hundreds of players," added Still.

The loan window is now open for business and although Still brought Tom Kilbey in from Portsmouth on deadline day, he doesn't anticipate doing any more business.

"I don't think I will be signing anyone on loan," said the boss.

"There might be something else up my sleeve that I'm looking at, and that might happen at some point."

Daggers are back at home this weekend when they host Chesterfield, who had two players sent off the last time they visited Victoria Road.

"They are always a decent side," admitted Still.

"It will be another tough game for us, but I'm happy with where we are."

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