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Taylor gutted to see Okenabirhie and Robson depart, but knows sales were necessary

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 June 2018

Fejiri Okenabirhie joined Macclesfield Town from Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Fejiri Okenabirhie joined Macclesfield Town from Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers were able to collect undisclosed fees for both players

Craig Robson left Dagenham & Redbridge to join Barnet (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Craig Robson left Dagenham & Redbridge to join Barnet (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Peter Taylor admits it was a blow for Dagenham & Redbridge to lose Fejiri Okenabirhie and Craig Robson, but knows both departures were needed to help the financially-beleaguered club.

Both Okenabirhie and Robson had been key players for Daggers in the past two National League seasons, but will start the new term elsewhere after joining Shrewsbury Town and Barnet respectively.

The Essex club were able to collect fees for the two players, though both deals were undisclosed.

And Taylor admits those sales were necessary given the club’s current perilous financial state.

“If it wasn’t a case of those players going, they’re probably wouldn’t have been a job available,” said the 65-year-old.

“In the end, I knew at the interview the players that were going and the phone still might ring now.

“I hope it doesn’t, but it’s something I’d have to listen to as I promised the board I would do that.

“I’m still hopeful I’ll have an 18-man squad here that is very young, very committed and hopefully the supporters will be pleased to see them.”


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