Daggers boss expects interest in star stopper

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 October 2011

Daggers keeper Chris Lewington. Picture: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Daggers keeper Chris Lewington. Picture: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

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John Still feels Chris Lewington’s excellent form is likely to make him a top transfer target.

Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still admits he is bracing himself for an influx of interest from other clubs for young goalkeeper Chris Lewington.

The 23-year-old has excelled throughout the season and was named the sponsor’s Man of the Match in Daggers 3-1 defeat to Southend United on Tuesday, after saving a second-half penalty from Ryan Hall.

The former Hampton & Richmond stopper has made the number 1 spot his own since veteran Tony Roberts retired this summer and Still admits Lewington’s performances this season are unlikely to have gone unnoticed.

“He’s a young boy and I know there will be teams that will be trying to do something with him,” said Still.

“We’ve known for some time how Chris was and in the games that he played last year, which weren’t many, I think he did particularly well.

“But with young players, you’ve got to bring them on gradually.

“I think he had a game at Southampton away last year and two went over his head, but that’s football.

“He had a game here against Morecambe where he let in a silly goal, he made a mistake at Northampton, but they are what I call ‘elementary things’ that he’s not going to make when he becomes a little bit older and a little bit more confident.

“As a goalkeeper there’s nothing he hasn’t got, nothing, he’s got everything.”

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