Spiller wants to stay with Daggers

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE midfielder Danny Spiller has pledged his immediate future to the club when his contract runs out next week.

by MIKE SIMMONDS

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE midfielder Danny Spiller has pledged his immediate future to the club when his contract runs out next week.

The former Millwall and Gillingham player, who made his first start since October 10 in Daggers 2-0 home defeat by Cheltenham Town on Monday, confirmed to the Post that he is looking to sign a new deal to stay at Victoria Road until at least the end of the season.

"My contract is up in January, but hopefully I will sit down with the manager and work something out," he said.

Pleasure

"It's been nothing but a pleasure working with John Still, Terry Harris and Wayne Burnett, along with the lads too.

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"I'm more than happy to be a Dagenham player and want to try to push on and get us back into the promotion race."

Spiller's stint at Daggers has been hampered by injury as, after signing in September, he broke into the team and played three games in a row, before suffering a hamstring tear in the 2-0 home victory over Darlington on October 10.

After spending a lengthy time out of the game prior to moving to Victoria Road with a hip problem, the midfielder was delighted to last the full 90 minutes.

"I actually felt pretty good in myself, so it was nice to make a comeback," he said.

"The injury was just one of those knock-on effects and the manager said I would probably get another little niggle when I joined as you're getting your body battle-tough again.

"I half-expected it somewhere along the line, but unfortunately it was a six-week hamstring.

"I'm going to keep strengthening it and hopefully see the back of injuries for a while now."

Although it was an unhappy return to action for Spiller, as Daggers slumped to their second defeat in the space of three days, he believes they can turn their fortunes around and reignite a faltering promotion challenge.

Dip

"It has been a slight dip for us, but I think that happens to the best teams and the worst teams," he said.

"I think we were unlucky against Northampton on Boxing Day, we probably deserved all three points, but that's football.

"It has been a little bit of a dent in the confidence of the boys, but we're all men and we're all going to stand up and look forward to the next game now."

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