Daggers ready for Gayle’s return

PUBLISHED: 16:05 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:33 20 July 2013

Former Dagger Dwight Gayle after signing for Crystal Palace. Pic: Crystal Palace FC

Former Dagger Dwight Gayle after signing for Crystal Palace. Pic: Crystal Palace FC


Gayle set to make his Palace debut at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Dagenham & Redbridge prepare to welcome back former striker Dwight Gayle to Victoria Road tomorrow as he returns with his new Crystal Palace team-mates.

The 23-year-old left the club for Peterborough in November, but after a fine spell for Posh, was subsequently signed for a Palace transfer record of around £6 million at the start of the month.

That has in turn earned Daggers a windfall after agreeing what’s believed to be a 20 per cent sell-on fee when he initially left for London Road.

And Burnett for one is looking forward to seeing the striker who has enjoyed a rapid rise from League Two to the top flight in the space of just 12 months.

“It’ll be nice to see Dwight again, it has only been a short time since he left, but a lot has changed since he did,” said Burnett.

“I believe he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League. We will do well to keep him quiet on Saturday, but I am sure he’ll get a good reception.”

Palace is the first of two home friendlies in the space of four days, followed by Chris Powell’s Charlton Athletic, who visit Victoria Road on Tuesday night.

And Burnett is hoping the higher class of opposition brings out the best in his side.

“I think we’ll be doing a lot of running around without the ball against Palace and Charlton but they’ll be good tests,” he added. “Both are very difficult games, but ones we are looking forward to which should excite the players and fans alike.”

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