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Obafemi signs for Daggers

PUBLISHED: 11:14 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:27 11 July 2013

New Daggers signing Afolabi Obafemi with manager Wayne Burnett before Saturday's 5-0 win over Dover Athletic. The 18-year-old  has signed a deal at Victoria Road. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGS

New Daggers signing Afolabi Obafemi with manager Wayne Burnett before Saturday's 5-0 win over Dover Athletic. The 18-year-old has signed a deal at Victoria Road. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGS

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Dagenham boss Wayne Burnett hoping youngster fulfils potential at Victoria Road.

Former Leyton Orient prospect Afolabi Obafemi has completed a switch to east London rivals Dagenham & Redbridge and manager Wayne Burnett hopes the youngster realises his potential at Victoria Road.

The 18-year-old striker was released by the O’s earlier this summer despite showing potential in the youth squad, who finished second in their respective division last term.

Obafemi was expected to be handed professional terms by Orient but was surprisingly released without being offered a deal.

He featured for the Daggers in their pre-season fixtures against Whitstable Town and Dover Athletic, scoring one at the weekend in the 5-0 win over the latter.

But Burnett is hoping, given the opportunity, that the youngster can fulfil some of his early promise after signing a one-year deal.

“The lad has got potential and is one that I feel has a lot of decent attributes,” said Burnett.

“He has featured throughout pre-season so far and has looked very good so hopefully he can continue that development with us.

“I was and I wasn’t surprised that he was released by Orient, but here he has the opportunity to perform and once we get him fully fit, hopefully he will shine.”

Obafemi made nine substitute appearances for the Leyton Orient first team after making his debut in January 2012.

He also spent time out on loan at Scarborough Athletic and Bishop’s Stortford.


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