Munns set for Pools test, but Daggers remind him more of time with Robins

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 November 2018

Jack Munns of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Paul Dennis/TGS Photo)

Jack Munns of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Paul Dennis/TGS Photo)

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Midfielder feels Essex club possess similar quality to Cheltenham Town side with whom he won National League title in 2016

Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Jack Munns comes up against one of his old teams in Hartlepool United this Saturday, but his current colleagues remind him of another of his former clubs.

The 24-year-old spent last season with Pools, but left in the summer after a frustrating campaign before joining Daggers in September.

Munns had arrived at Hartlepool from Cheltenham Town, with whom he enjoyed a highly-successful spell that saw the Robins win the Vanarama National League title in 2016.

Though Daggers currently find themselves in the lower reaches of the table this term, the midfielder feels there is a similar level of quality in the Essex club’s squad compared to what Cheltenham had in their title-winning term.

But if the Essex club are to reach their potential, Munns knows there is another attribute the squad must have.

Speaking after the win over Fylde earlier this month, the 24-year-old explained: “Individually, I would say we have better players. The big thing, and any manager or experienced player would say this, is having a team.

“That’s what we were at Cheltenham; we were good footballers, but we were an even better team.

“We’ve got that stability now with the XI and we’re building that team spirit.

“Hopefully we can build on that because we definitely have the players that are more than good enough for this level and probably even the level above.”

In recent weeks, Munns has formed part of an impressive three-pronged attacking midfield behind the striker along with Alex McQueen and Angelo Balanta.

The former Pools man will hope the trio can perform well at his old stomping ground on Saturday and believes they compliment each other well.

“It’s been a consistent XI for the last few games which does help as you get to know other people’s strengths and weaknesses,” added Munns.

“We’re training every day, but you can’t ever really replicate a match scenario.

“We’ll only continue to get better as a group and with Matt Robinson and Harry Phipps behind us as well, the more and more we play together, the better things will get.”

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