Burnett the loan ranger

PUBLISHED: 17:30 10 September 2015

Dagenham and Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Dagenham and Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge manager looks to add to ranks

Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett is hoping to take advantage of the emergency loan window after it opened on Wednesday.

Teams in the Football League can sign players on loans for up to three months between now and November 25, after which time no further additions can be made until the winter transfer window opens on January 1.

It presents the Victoria Road club with an opportunity to add to their ranks, with the back four looking particularly threadbare following Matt Partridge’s departure to Newport last month.

Burnett has already made one move in the market, extending Niko Hamalainen’s loan from Queens Park Rangers until October 10.

But the boss admits before he can bring any new faces in temporarily, he may have to move on some players currently at Victoria Road first.

“We have to sit down with the board, but we’ll probably have to get one or two out first,” he said.

“We’ve managed to get a couple out on loan so that might give me some scope.

“But I won’t be able to bring in any names as such, I’ll have to do what I always do and ask for favours from clubs.”

Two players the club have already moved out on loan are Ian Gayle and Ade Yusuff, with the pair currently turning out for St Albans City.

Yusuff moved to Clarence Park last week, linking up with fellow Dagger Gayle who joined the National League South club on loan in August.

The duo had their pre-season interrupted by injury and Burnett hopes they can get minutes under their belt while at the Saints, something which he could not promise at Daggers.

He added: “Ian has been out and Ade was injured twice during pre-season. They both need to play games, but we don’t have a big enough squad to have an under-21 team.

“Going on loan is an ideal opportunity for them to get some games. It’s handy they’ve both gone to the same team where Ian has been before. I want them to go out, get some fitness and come back fresh.”

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