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Daggers ‘must nurture Jones’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 May 2015

Jodi Jones of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring his first goal for the club in the 4-0 win over Accrington Stanley (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Jodi Jones of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring his first goal for the club in the 4-0 win over Accrington Stanley (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Veteran striker Jamie Cureton urges club to be careful with young star’s development

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the second goal with Jodi Jones (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the second goal with Jodi Jones (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Jamie Cureton was ecstatic to see Dagenham & Redbridge youngster Jodi Jones grab a goal on his first start for the club.

Veteran forward Cureton set up Jones for his strike in the 90th minute of the 4-0 win over Accrington Stanley with a 22-year age gap between provider and scorer.

It was the 17-year-old Jones’ seventh appearance in total for the Victoria Road club and Cureton is confident the young player can make many more for the team.

“He’s done very well. He’s been in the squad and in and around us training,” said the 39-year-old. “He’s come on as a sub and had a few appearances. He’s got his chance against Accrington and done very well.

“He’s got real good talent. Hopefully we can nurture him and he can have a real bright future.”

Cureton performed a role Jones has become familiar with in recent months, coming off the bench to great effect.

The attacker replaced the injured Ade Yusuff in the 37th minute and poked home through the legs of goalkeeper Scott Davies 71 seconds into the second half.

Cureton says he was told shortly before the game that he would not be starting and admits he did not take the news all that well.

“The manager pulled me aside and said he was going to leave me out,” added Cureton.

“Even in the last home game I was fuming and sulked a bit!”

The Daggers now round off their season with a trip to Devon to take on Exeter City, who are just one of the many teams Cureton has represented in his long career.

Saturday’s goal moved the evergreen player on to 18 league strikes for the season and 277 career goals.

And he revealed it would be nice to hit 20 in the league on his old stamping ground, adding: “I probably should have gone past it a while ago! It’s quite funny that we go back to my old club and it’d be a nice place to get it.


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