Still: Hyam will help Daggers
PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 February 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge boss discusses Reading loanee, Ferdinand’s departue and futures of Yusuff and Gayle
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still hopes new addition Dominic Hyam can make a similar impact to that of fellow loannee Joe Worrall.
Hyam arrived at Daggers on loan from Reading until March 5 on Monday and will compete with Worall in the centre back position.
The Nottingham Forest youngster has impressed in his three matches to date for Dagenham, earning the man of the match award on his home debut against Northampton Town.
And Still hopes Hyam can play at a similar level while noting it was important to bolster his options at the back with the position looking light when he joined last month.
“It’s an area we were lacking in. By the time I arrived, Josh Pask and Ayo Obileye had returned to their clubs at the end of their loans so we were already two centre backs down,” said Still.
“We moved quickly to bring in Joe, who I would have had at Luton Town this month, but we were still a centre back down so we had to do something.
“Dom’s a strong man that works hard and is someone who has always impressed me. Like Joe, he’s ambitious and hopefully he can make a similar impact.”
One man who Hyam won’t be lining up alongside during his time with Daggers is Kane Ferdiand after it was not announced his contract would not be renewed.
Ferdinand initially joined Daggers on a one-month deal in August before signing short-term extensions in September, December and January.
The midfielder made 15 league appearances during his time in east London with his only goal coming at Yeovil Town in October, but his last appearance came later that month away to Accrington Stanley.
With Still adding Luke Guttridge and Oliver Muldoon to his midfield ranks during January, it looked unlikely that Ferdinand would be offered a new deal and the Daggers boss says he is happy with his options in that position.
“It’s a decent area for us. I can only go on my brief time here so far, but everyone who has come in has performed well there. With the competition we have there, we’re OK” said Still.
“With all respect to the players we have, there were a few other deals I would have liked to have done, but all the changes we made were necessary and not for the sake of it.
“If I look at the window on the whole, we brought in three centre backs, two in midfield and a striker which is enough for the time being.”
Also leaving the club on deadline day, albeit temporarily, were Ian Gayle and Ade Yusuff, with the duo joining National League South side Welling United on loan until the end of the season.
And Still hopes the duo make the most of their time at Wings with both of their contracts up for renewal in the summer.
“It will be good for them to get some games and we can see how they’re doing. I don’t know Ade too well, but I know Ian very well having signed him when he first came here, but I haven’t seen too much of him since coming back.”
Still also confirmed that Justin Hoyte will remain with the club until the end of the season despite reports in the national press over the weekend suggesting the former Arsenal man had left the club.
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