Darren’s sad to see Doe go

PUBLISHED: 16:30 24 June 2015

Dagenham & Redbridge first-team coach Darren Currie (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dagenham & Redbridge first-team coach Darren Currie (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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First-team coach disappointed to see centre-back leave Daggers

First-team coach Darren Currie paid tribute to Dagenham & Redbridge legend Scott Doe, with the defender’s departure from Victoria Road seemingly imminent.

Manager Wayne Burnett revealed last week that Doe, whose current deal expires at the end of the month, has turned down a new contract.

The 26-year-old has made 265 appearances for the club in all competitions during a six-year stint in east London and Currie says he will be sad to see him go.

“He was exceptional in the second half of last season and he has been a great servant for the club throughout the years,” said Currie.

“I also played alongside him for a bit, so as a team-mate I know the value he brings to both the dressing room and the pitch.

“He’s been great for the club and was very popular with the players. It opens the door for someone else and those boots need filling.”

As for who may fill those boots, Currie has admitted that Daggers want to bring in new signings at the back.

However, he also hinted that there may be a chance for one of the younger members of the squad to stake their claim for the centre-back berth.

He added: “You always want to blood your youngsters and the gaffer is keen to do that next season.

“The flip side is is that they know the opportunity is there for them, but they must be prepared, both physically and mentally.

“If they are, then there will be every opportunity for them to make it. If not, then of course it would be harder for them.

“But it’s the same for everyone. Every player needs to come back to pre-season training and hit the ground running.”

Another opportunity that could be available for a few members of the squad is the captaincy.

Following the departures of Abu Ogogo and Doe, the armband is vacant, but Currie says a new appointment is still to be decided.

“We’ll have a discussion with the players about it once they are back, but I’m sure Wayne may have a couple in mind.”

Daggers fans will be hoping the new skipper can lead by example as much as Doe did at Victoria Road.

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