Doe’s keen to head up a Daggers win
PUBLISHED: 14:30 01 May 2015
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Defender nodded team to victory with winning goal against Exeter in 2013
Two years ago Scott Doe headed home the only goal for Dagenham & Redbridge in a 1-0 win at Exeter City which effectively secured their safety in League Two.
Fast forward to 2015 and although the Daggers have already confirmed their spot in the fourth tier next season, Doe wants to get among the goals again.
The centre-back has only scored twice since the trip to St James Park two seasons ago, but is hoping to sign off the season in style.
“Luckily I scored one this season which I was happy about, but I want to get as many as I can,” said Doe.
“That goal at Exeter was probably one of the most important goals I’ve scored because it led to a vital three points. Hopefully history will repeat itself.”
The club stalwart has been at Victoria Road since 2009 when he joined on a free transfer from Weymouth.
His current deal expires this summer, but he is confident new terms can be thrashed out to extend his stay in east London.
“I’ve had six great years here. I’ve been starting the most of the time. The majority of players are having meetings with the manager next week,” added Doe.
“Now the manager has signed his new deal everyone will be having a meeting with him and those things will be discussed and we’ll see what’s offered.
“All I want to do is keep playing and as long as I’m playing in the Football League I’m happy.”
Wayne Burnett was also out of contract in the summer, but penned a new two-year-deal to remain at the club last week.
And Doe feels that will help a lot of players make up their mind over signing a new contract with Dagenham.
“I think the fact he is extending his stay at the club will persuade a lot of players to sign new deals.”
In recent weeks Burnett has handed opportunities to younger members of the squad with safety secured.
Against Accrington Stanley, Jodi Jones netted on his first start for the club, while Frankie Raymond scored a beautiful free kick on his home debut.
Doe may only be 26, but he has already become one of the older heads within the team and says the responsibility that comes with that is not a burden.
“It’s weird how it’s changed because when I first came here I was only a kid and I was playing alongside the likes of Mark Arber.
“Now this season I’ve been the oldest in the back four which is not a very old back four at all.
“It’s good helping them and whoever has played this season has done really well. It’s a good experience for myself as well because you want to improve your leadership skills as well.”
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