Ogogo “fond of Daggers”

PUBLISHED: 10:30 15 May 2015

Abu Ogogo captained the Daggers for the last time away to Newport County in April (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Abu Ogogo captained the Daggers for the last time away to Newport County in April (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Midfielder looks back on club career after his departure

Abu Ogogo has said he will look back fondly on his time at Dagenham & Redbridge after it was announced he would leave Victoria Road.

The midfielder has spent the last six years at the club after joining on a free transfer from Arsenal and has captained the team since 2012.

Ogogo admits it took time for him to initially settle with the east Londoners, but said he has no regrets about his spell at the club.

“I had a little bit of a difficult start, but I started to relax a bit. I think I improved year on year,” said Ogogo.

“I really enjoyed my time at the club and I’ll look back on my time with them with fond memories.”

In his first season with the club, the 25-year-old was part of the Daggers’ side that won promotion to League One under John Still.

Ogogo played the full 90 minutes of the play-off final win over Rotherham United at Wembley and says that day will live long in the memory.

“I’ve had some great times at the club, but that is definitely one of the highlights of my time here. It’s up there with being named captain,” he added.

“When I was handed the captaincy it was very unexpected, but very good news. I was very grateful to be given the opportunity.”

Ogogo initially arrived at Dagenham as a right back, but he has been moved into central midfield over the past two seasons to great effect, picking up the club’s Player of the Year award in his first season in the middle of the park.

The man who oversaw the transition from defender to midfielder was current Daggers boss Wayne Burnett, and Ogogo was quick to pay tribute

to the manager for his role in the positional move.

“I feel playing in midfield is my best position because it focuses on my best attributes. I’d like to thank Wayne for the opportunity to play there and I’ve enjoyed it,” he added.

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