Dagenham & Redbridge managing director Steve Thompson pleased with early work of boss John Still in transfer market

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 June 2017

Dagenham & Redbridge managing director Steve Thompson (right) is pleased with the early transfer deals done by boss John Still (centre) pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo

Dagenham & Redbridge managing director Steve Thompson (right) is pleased with the early transfer deals done by boss John Still (centre) pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo

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Daggers have already signed four players as Essex club look to boost promotion push

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still’s early work in the transfer market has pleased managing director Steve Thompson.

After coming up short in the National League play-offs last season, Daggers have moved quick to bring in Ben Nunn, Daniel Sparkes, Morgan Ferrier and Bondz N’Gala.

And Thompson believes those moves are typical of Still, who as a boss likes to act early in the transfer market.

“I’ve worked with John for many years now and he is the type of manager who likes to get things done in advance,” he added.

“John knows who he wants and has targeted them, so it is then down to the club to make sure we get them.”

After losing out to Forest Green Rovers in the play-offs, Daggers will hope to do even better this term and earn a return to the Football League after two seasons away.

But Thompson was non-committal over whether a specific target had been set for the upcoming campaign, adding: “We want to finish as high up the league table as we can.”

Something that will surely aid Daggers this season is a more settled boardroom heading into the new term.

This time last year saw the beginning of a takeover saga that would eventually run until January, with Glenn Tamplin initially looking to buy the club, before a Glyn Hopkin-led consortium did so earlier this year, with Thomp-son involved, alongside Dave Bennett and Chris Smythe.

Thompson, however, is unsure as to how much of an impact the protracted takeover had on the team and believes the lengthy injury list during the season led to far greater disruption.

“I don’t think the off-field situation last season had a direct affect on the team,” he said.

“I think it was more the case we had a disaster injury-wise and it was definitely one the worst list of injuries we’ve known, but you get that every now and then.

“The signings we’ve made so far are exciting, and there are still a couple more positions where we want to bring players in as it’s not just a
best XI we need, it’s a best 16 or 17.”

It looks set to be an important campaign for Daggers, and Thompson will certainly be hoping the club can get back in the Football League.

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