Hackett happy with Dagenham & Redbridge squad
PUBLISHED: 13:30 04 September 2015
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Assistant believes all places in Daggers team are up for grabs
Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Warren Hackett believes the club have selection dilemmas of the good kind ahead of the trip to Northampton Town on Saturday.
Away to Cambridge United on Tuesday, Daggers were able to pick up their first success of the season with a team that featured five changes from the starting XI at home to Stevenage in the previous game.
Hackett acknowledged some of the players who came into the side at the Abbey Stadium have given themselves a great chance of starting at Sixfields and has given the management team something to ponder.
“We’ve got lots of options going forward. It’s great to have Zavon Hines back, he’s been out for a very long time. The likes of Jodi Jones will learn from people like Zavon,” said Hackett.
“The lads who came in against Cambridge, such as Ashley Chambers, Matt McClure, Jack Connors, Clevid Dikamona and Matt Richards, all played excellent and have all staked a claim for the starting line-up on Saturday.
“We want a very competitive squad and it’s a good problem to have. In a small squad, you want the people who are coming in to take their opportunity so that when it does arise again, we know they are going to be ready.”
One man who could return this weekend is Jones, who’s future had been the subject of much speculation during the transfer window.
But the youngster was unable to secure a move away from Victoria Road before it shut on Tuesday, meaning it is likely he will remain a Daggers until at least January.
And with Jones remaining at the club for the immediate future, Hackett is keen to help the attacker continue his development.
“Jodi’s a very young player and a great talent. We want to keep his feet on the ground,” added the Daggers assistant.
“He’ll have his opportunity to move on at some stage but in the meantime, he has to carry on learning his trade, working hard in training and become better than he already is.”
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