Still delighted to snap up Plymouth defender

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE completed one piece of business before the transfer window slammed shut on Monday, signing Plymouth Argyle defender Damien McCrory for an undisclosed fee.

by MIKE SIMMONDS

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE completed one piece of business before the transfer window slammed shut on Monday, signing Plymouth Argyle defender Damien McCrory for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old, who has been at Home Park since he was a youngster, had been on loan at Grimsby Town this season, but rejected the chance to make his move to Blundell Park permanent, instead opting to join Daggers.

"I watched him last year and he's a player I like," said boss John Still, who wasn't present when McCrory played against Daggers earlier in the season for the Mariners.


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"I could have got him on loan earlier in the season, but I wanted to try and get him on a permanent deal.

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"He's ambitious and I got the right answers when I spoke to him prior to the move. I liked what he said, and he has seen what we can do for players, with the amount who have moved on from here, so he wants to make a career with us.

"I wasn't at the Grimsby game, but Terry (Harris) and Wayne (Burnett) cast their eye over him and were impressed.

"He likes to get forward, he's got a good left foot on him and he can play out wide too.

"We have now got the likes of Damien, Abu (Ogogo), Scott (Doe), Danny Green and Josh Scott. They are all young players and we want to develop them and see if we can make them into our next batch."

The signing of McCrory meant that Jamie Day has returned to Peterborough after making eight appearances. "Jamie had a difficult first game for us, but he did well after that," added Still.

"He came here and wanted to play for us, but I'm glad to have my own players now."

It was generally a quiet transfer deadline day at Victoria Road, with no outgoings, although Still did admit there had been some interest.

"We did have a few enquiries about our players, but that's all they were," he said.

"We never courted any offers because we didn't want to sell, but we have always said, if you want to make an offer, and it is of the right value, then we will look at it.

"There weren't any though and I'm delighted we can get settled and go again."

Operation

The Daggers boss will be back in the dugout for Saturday's home clash with Northampton Town after recovering from an operation.

He missed the chance to return at Lincoln City last weekend, when the match was postponed just three hours before kick off.

"We were 15-20 minutes away from Peterborough when the call came through and I was particularly disappointed because I haven't seen us play for a few weeks," said Still, a former Imps assistant boss.

"When they said there was a pitch inspection, I knew that it was going to be off as when the frost gets in at Lincoln, it's really hard to get rid of."

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