Burnett purrs as Cureton hits top 20

PUBLISHED: 10:30 08 May 2015

Dagenham and Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dagenham and Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Manager thrilled as striker reaches landmark total at old stamping ground

Wayne Burnett was pleased Jamie Cureton reached 20 goals in all competitions this season against his former club Exeter City.

Cureton struck for the Daggers in the final minute of their 2-1 defeat, turning in a cross from Ashley Chambers.

The strike strike was greeted with cheers from both sets of supporterts and Burnett was thrilled at the impact the veteran attacker has had this campaign.

“I’m not sure he would have got the same reception if it was a winner! He’s done fantastically well to get 20 goals,” said Burnett.

“At the start of the season we weren’t sure how many games he’d manage to play, but he’s played more games than any other player in the squad and that’s credit to him.

“It’s a real achievement for him and I’m delighted. I knew how good he was. We’ve played against his teams. To work with him first hand, his movement is incredible and I think he’s maybe still got one or two seasons left in him.”

While Cureton may have signed a new deal to remain with the club, many other first-team players are yet to negotiate a contract to remain at Victoria Road.

And the Daggers boss admits that is a huge priority for him in the coming weeks now that the season has ended.

“I’m going to speak to all the players next week. There’s players I want to keep, players I want to keep that won’t stay and players that I won’t keep and will go, so it’s a rebuilding process,” he said.

“We know the positions we want to sign players in, but we have to see if the players offered contracts want to stay.”

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