Burnett delighted to keep hold of Partridge

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 June 2015

Matt Partridge of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Matt Partridge of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Defender signed new one-year deal on Monday

Matt Partridge has become the latest Dagenham & Redbridge player to extend his stay with the League Two club.

The defender joined Daggers last summer having been released by Championship side Reading.

His initial deal ran out this summer, but he has now signed a new one-year contract to remain in east Londons.

Partidge went on to play 28 times in all competitions during his debut season for the club, netting once in the 4-0 home win against Accrington Stanley which was his first goal in professional football.

The 21-year-old also showed his versatility during his first campaign at Victoria Road, occupying all positions across the backline before making the right-back berth his own.

And Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett is delighted to have retained Partridge for a second season.

“We’ve managed to keep hold of Matt and I’m really pleased that we have been able to do that,” said Burnett.

“He gives us competition for places in many positions. He can play right across the backline and is very versatile.

“We’re all really fond of Matt and we look forward to working with him and the other lads next season.”

Partridge joined the club at the start of July last year after Daggers had begun their preparations for the campaign.

This time around, Partridge is there from the start and Burnett believes that will be a big advantage for the youngster and the club.

“He joined us midway through pre-season last year and missed a chunk of that period, which is very important in building fitness,” added Burnett.

“Because of that and even after a great first season, I still don’t think we’ve seen the best of Matt.

“He was always playing catch-up, but now that he’ll be here from the start of pre-season, we’re expecting great things from him.”

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