Cureton wants leading role
PUBLISHED: 15:30 29 May 2015
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Daggers forward happy to take armband if it “helps club progress”
Jamie Cureton says he would relish captaining Dagenham & Redbridge next season should the opportunity arise.
The role is currently vacant after the departure of Abu Ogogo from the club, who had skippered the side for three years.
Cureton wore the armband in the Daggers’ final game of the season at former club Exeter City and says he is happy to take over on a more permanent basis.
“If it was offered to me next year then of course I would take it on. I was vice-captain when I was at Cheltenham Town and I really enjoyed it,” he said.
“I would be more than happy to captain the side. I’m happy to do any role that will take the team forward.
“But it all depends on who comes in during the summer and who stays on as to whether or not I’d be offered it.”
Cureton enjoyed a fruitful first season in east London, scoring 19 times in the league and finishing just two goals behind top scorer Matt Tubbs of Portsmouth.
And despite next season being his 22nd as a professional, the striker is confident he can do even better.
Cureton added: “I’d like to get to 20 goals again. As long as I’m in the team and play more than 40 games, I’d like to think I can do that.
“I just want to keep myself fit and play as much as possible next year. I’m really looking forward to it.
“I’m going to enjoy the break over the summer, but before you know it the season has begun again.”
Cureton spearheaded the Daggers’ late season charge up the table, as the team won 10 of their final 20 games to end fears of relegation and eventually finish 14th in League Two.
But the evergreen striker is confident that if manager Wayne Burnett can keep the core of that squad together, next season could be a successful one.
“If we played like we did in the last four months for the whole season, we probably would have ended up in the play-offs,” he added.
“The manager seemed to have found 11 to 14 players he was happy with and we gelled very well. If the majority of those lads stay and we add some quality, then the target has to be the play-offs and we’ll go from there.
“Throughout the year we’ll see where we are and we’ll keep setting new targets. The top seven is not out of reach. We weren’t too far off it after a bad start.”
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