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Dagenham & Redbridge: John Still admits he faces ‘anxious wait’ to keep hold of key players

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 August 2017

Corey Whitely celebrates scoring for Dagenham & Redbridge against Bromley, but could be off before the Essex club's next game against Gateshead on Saturday (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Corey Whitely celebrates scoring for Dagenham & Redbridge against Bromley, but could be off before the Essex club's next game against Gateshead on Saturday (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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At least three Daggers players subject of Football League interest, with window due to close on Thursday

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

With the transfer window due to close for clubs in the Football League on Thursday, Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still admits there are question marks over the future of at least three of his players.

Daggers face a nervous wait over the next couple of days to see if they can keep hold of some of their star players, who could prove crucial in their push for promotion from the National League.

Already in this window, the Essex club have rejected multiple offers from Football League clubs for Oliver Hawkins, with the bids falling short of Daggers’ valuation for the player.

Winger Fejiri Okenabirhie is said to be attracting interest from his former club Stevenage, while Corey Whitely is also believed to have plenty of suitors in the higher leagues.

And Still admits he faces an anxious time waiting for the window to close to see if he has kept hold of his key men.

“We’ve been having a fair few calls. We just want it over. If anything is going to happen, I want it to happen early because we have to get on,” said the 67-year-old.

“We’re anxiously waiting to see how things might develop. Having said that, we’re monitoring some situations ourselves, but we don’t know if anything we want to do is going to be possible.

“I’m comfortable with how we are, but I have three players that I don’t know what is going to happen to them until the window closes, and then we can see where we are.”

With uncertainty over the future of key players, Still’s preparations for the National League clash at home to Gateshead on Saturday are unlikely to have been ideal.

Daggers head into the game with the ‘Heed’ as one of only two teams still unbeaten in the league following Monday’s goalless draw at Maidstone United.

After the first month of the new term, Daggers sit second, just two points behind early leaders Sutton United, but Still knows his team must capitalise on their good start to the season.

“We’re trying to build all the time and try to find the right level of consistency.

“At the moment, we’ve found it, but have to keep going,” he added.

“We’ll get better, we have to keep improving, but the road to success is never straight. you have to take the highs and lows.”


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