Dagenham & Redbridge: Darren Currie happy with how new boys have settled in ahead of National League opener against Barrow

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 August 2017

Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers made seven permanent signings over the summer and most have a good chance of starting against the Bluebirds this weekend

Dagenham & Redbridge are set to hand a number of players their competitive debuts for the club in their National League opener at home to Barrow on Saturday.

Ben Nunn, Dan Sparkes, Morgan Ferrier, Bondz N’Gala, Michael Cheek, Charlee Adams and Nick Wheeler all arrived permanently in the summer, and the majority have a good chance of featuring on Saturday.

During pre-season, many of the new signings have impressed the Daggers fans, and assistant coach Darren Currie believes that is down to boss John Still doing is work early.

“The fact the new signings have bedded in well is credit to the gaffer. He did his recruitment very early,” said Currie.

“We identified from last season what we felt we needed to plug some holes.

“The minute the game finished at Forest Green Rovers, the gaffer was on the phone on the way home on the bus. We were getting in what we felt we needed.

“It’s allowed the players to have the whole pre-season and things like the trip to Portugal have allowed the boys to bed together nicely.”

Though not a new signing, Daggers this week welcome Luke Howell back to match action ahead of the new campaign.

The midfielder had surgery over the summer and made his first appearance of pre-season at Folkestone Invicta on Monday night, lasting 70 minutes.

Howell is unlikely to feature against Barrow on Saturday, though is not too far away from match fitness, and Currie knows his return is another welcome bonus.

“Luke came through it really well. The intention was to play him for 45 minutes, but he felt good so he played a little bit more,” added the Daggers assistant.

“He felt good the next day in the recovery session and he trained well again on Thursday.

“It’s a huge plus, ‘Howelly’ is great to have in the dressing room.

“He’s got a great worth ethic, is a good lad and a good player, so having him back is another real plus for us.”

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