Raymond ready to test himself next season

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 June 2015

Frankie Raymond of Dagenham and Redbridge scores the third goal against Accrington Stanley (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Frankie Raymond of Dagenham and Redbridge scores the third goal against Accrington Stanley (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Midfielder looks to establish himself in first team after breaking through in final weeks of last year

Frankie Raymond says he can wait for the new campaign after agreeing a new one-year contract with Dagenham & Redbridge.

The midfielder joined the club last summer from Eastbourne Borough and spent time on loan at his former club during the 2014/15 season.

After he returned to Victoria Road, Raymond went on to start the matches away to Newport County and at home to Acrrington Stanley, his only appearances in the league last year.

But now that he has extended his stay in east London, the 22-year-old is confident he can kick on next term,

“It feels great to get it all signed and sorted. I’m looking forward to getting the season started now. I enjoyed my first year a professional footballer,” he told the club’s website.

“There’s going to be some big games next season, with Leyton Orient coming down and Barnet going up.

“Hopefully we can keep the core of the team that we had last year as we finished strong. If we can do that we can really push on. The players that have signed are all big players and hopefully more will follow.”

Against Accrington, Raymond had a sparkling game as he dominated proceedings from the middle of the park as Daggers won 4-0.

The former Reading trainee assisted the first two goals in the game before getting on the scoresheet himself with a beautiful free kick from 25 yards.

And Raymond admits that notching his first strike as a professional footballer on his home debut for Wayne Burnett’s men was beyond his wildest dreams.

“To finish the season off with a goal like that was brilliant, I worked hard all season and was glad to get a chance,” he added.

“It was my first professional goal and I didn’t expect it to be like that, the boys were all buzzing for me, it was a great atmosphere - I think I’ve been watching Billy Bingham too much!”

With Abu Ogogo having departed and Billy Bingham still believed to be in talks about signing a new deal, there could be a vacancy in the midfield.

But Dagenham fans need not worry, because if the tail end of last season is anything to go on, they have a ready-made replacement in Raymond.

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