Gayle’s rags to riches rise is a ‘beautiful’ tale says Daggers boss
PUBLISHED: 12:17 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 08 July 2013
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Dwight Gayle’s sale to Premier League side Crystal Palace earns Daggers a cash windfall.
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett has hailed Dwight Gayle’s 15-month rise from the Conference North to the Premier League as a “beautiful story” ahead of his club’s financial windfall.
Gayle completed a big-money move to Crystal Palace last week from Peterborough, who paid the Daggers £470,000 for his services in January.
The figure involved was reported to be as high as £6million, with Daggers agreeing a reported 20 per cent sell-on clause, they are set to receive a huge bonus on the player they loaned to Bishop’s Stortford before offering him professional terms last summer.
And Burnett, who worked with Gayle at Victoria Road, believes the rags-to-riches tale should serve as an inspiration to others.
He said: “I’ve always thought Dwight had what it takes and I’m delighted for him.
“Just 18 months ago he was earning a pittance, but now he is making a move that could turn him into a millionaire.
“It’s a wonderful story and an inspiration to others.”
Gayle scored seven goals in 19 appearances for the Daggers before joining Peterborough on loan last November, where seven goals in nine appearances prompted Posh to make the move permanent in January.
And although he couldn’t help his new side avoid relegation to League One, the 22-year-old did enough to impress Palace boss Ian Holloway.
Burnett said: “It’s a rapid rise for Dwight but he has fantastic ability and a great attitude. He works very hard and is a very good finisher.
“He’s proved he can score goals in the Championship and I like to think he can do it in the Premier League. I’m sure he can surprise a few people.”
Burnett confirmed the Daggers will receive a cash boost — but he has also played down any suggestions he can now go on a spending spree.
He said: “There will be some money coming into the club as a result of the deal.I haven’t sat down with the chairman to discuss things yet.
“But this club is run very efficiently and we live within our means. We don’t want to be chasing our tails.”
Meanwhile, Burnett has confirmed young duo Jordan Seabright and Jack Conners have signed their first professional contracts.
Both players have agreed one-year deals, with goalkeeper Seabright having an option for a further 12 months.
“Jordan has matured both physically and mentally,” added Burnett. “He’s in the position now where he needs to be challenging Chris Lewington.
“Jack Conners is a young lad who plays on the left side and is technically very sound. He’s got a lot of learning to do, but is a player we like.”
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