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Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie confident new man Daniel Sparkes will provide plenty of assists

PUBLISHED: 11:30 29 June 2017

Daniel Sparkes of Torquay United and Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daniel Sparkes of Torquay United and Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Currie full of praise for new Daggers midfielder after joining from Torquay United

Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie issues instructions from the touchline (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie issues instructions from the touchline (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie believes new signing Daniel Sparkes could help striker Oliver Hawkins score even more goals next season.

Last term, Hawkins nabbed 18 goals in the league to finish the term as the Essex club’s leading marksman.

But with the arrival of left winger Sparkes on a free transfer from National League rivals Torquay United, Currie is confident Hawkins can be more prolific in the upcoming campaign.

“Dan is someone I have admired for a good few years now having watched him at Braintree Town and come up against him against Torquay last year,” said Currie.

“He’s a player I would define as a ‘crosser’ and I think they are going out of the game.

“In the past, you would have had the likes of myself, Danny Green, Sam Saunders – all players who looked to cross first.

“We’ve had talented guys like Medy Elito, Zavon Hines, Fejiri Okenabirhie and Corey Whitely, but they are terrific dribblers.

“Dan is someone who looks to get the ball into the box and with a target man like ‘Hawks’, it could be very useful.”

Someone else who has bolstered the Daggers attack during the off-season is England C international Morgan Ferrier, who has joined from Boreham Wood.

There has been a debate over where Ferrier may play for Daggers, being equally adept at playing through the middle or on either flank.

But Currie revealed where Daggers intend to play their new man and says he is excited to see Ferrier in a Daggers shirt.

“Morgan is someone who when we came up against last season, we new he was a handful and he worked his socks off,” he added.

“He might play centrally for us, but that all depends upon the formation John wants to use.

“We will have a lot of attacking threats next season, but Morgan will be ruthless going forward and a great addition for us.”

Someone else who Currie is looking forward to seeing in action next term is Luke Pennell after fully recovering from his ACL injury.

“Luke has a big season ahead, but credit to him for the way he has come back. He was ahead of schedule last season and able to play against Woking. Like others, he is a promising player we expect big things from,” he said.


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