Josh Staunton says he has fond memories of time with Daggers after leaving National League outfit

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 June 2017

Josh Staunton says he has fond memories of his time with Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Josh Staunton says he has fond memories of his time with Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Defender departed Daggers and has since joined Woking

Josh Staunton admits he left Dagenham & Redbridge over fears he would see his game time diminish next season in the National League.

After joining Daggers from Charlton Athletic last season, the 21-year-old became a regular in the team, featuring in 34 league games.

However, with Luke Pennell having fully recovered from his ACL injury and fellow defender Bondz N’Gala joining from Dover Athletic, it has led to more competition at the back.

With that in mind, Staunton was unable to agree a new deal with Daggers and has since joined league rivals Woking.

But the versatile defender says he will always look back on his time at Victoria Road fondly.

“I had a very good season at Dagenham and everyone at the club, from the fans to the players and the staff, was fantastic and I loved my time there,” said Staunton.

“It was hard to move on, but at this stage in my career the most important thing for me is that I am playing regularly, which will help me develop.

“I learnt a lot last season because I was playing a lot of games, and I had to be realistic about my chances this season.”

Though he was unable to agree a new deal, Staunton did thank Daggers boss John Still for the opportunities he gave him at Daggers

“I can’t thank John enough and there are not many managers who would give many 20-year olds a chance,” added the former Addicks youngster.

“By playing me regularly last season, it showed how much John trusted me and I just hope I was able to repay that faith.”

Someone else who also had a big bearing on Staunton during his time was the Essex club was skipper, and often centre-back partner, Scott Doe.

Staunton admits he has already been in touch with Doe since departing, and says he will take a lot away from training and playing with him over the past year.

“I’ve spoken to Scott since leaving to thank him, but he also had some kind words for me.

“It’s easy to learn from players like him and you always look to pick up some of their good habits.”

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