Wilkinson says Daggers boss Taylor had big hand in sealing loan from Gills

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 November 2018

Conor Wilkinson in action for Newport County against Dagenham & Redbridge in January 2016 (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Conor Wilkinson in action for Newport County against Dagenham & Redbridge in January 2016 (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Forward has joined Daggers on loan from Gills until January

Conor Wilkinson revealed boss Peter Taylor played a big part in the forward joining Dagenham & Redbridge on loan from Gillingham until January.

The striker has moved to Daggers on a temporary deal from the Gills, who ply their trade in Sky Bet League One.

Wilkinson was initially signed for the Kent club by Taylor when he worked as director of football for the Priestfield Stadium outfit.

And the 23-year-old revealed the opportunity to work with the 65-year-old again played a big part in him moving to Victoria Road on loan.

“Joining Dagenham was a lot to do with the gaffer. When I was at Bolton Wanderers and my deal was nearly up, Peter rang me and said he wanted to start working with me,” Wilkinson told the club website.

“I got a deal sorted with Gillingham, but sadly Peter left the club quite early in my time there.

“This season, I’d only started two league games so it was difficult for me at Gillingham. Peter asked if I wanted to come down to Dagenham and I didn’t think twice about it.”

Wilkinson adds to Daggers’ options in attack, with the Essex club able to also call on the likes of Tomi Adeloye, Noel Leighton and Shamir Mullings.

The attacker will hope to use his time with the Victoria Road outfit to prove to Gillingham why he should be in their first team upon his return.

And Wilkinson has set himself a few goals that he is aiming to achieve during his time with Taylor’s men.

“I want to try and enjoy my football while helping the club climb the league as much as I can,” added the former Bolton man.

“It’s been tough for me and I haven’t really enjoyed my football once this season; I’ve started two games and no player should really go through that.”

At over 1.9m tall, Wilkinson may be expected to play the role of target man for Daggers, but the attacker revealed there is much more to his game than that, adding: “I prefer the ball at my feet, running at players and creating things.

“I like to be creative and set stuff up and I like to score goals as well, but I’m more creative than I am a target man.”

Daggers fans will hope Wilkinson can make his presence felt in east London during his time on loan from Gillingham.

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