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Taylor will use contacts to bring new talent to Daggers

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 June 2018

Peter Taylor (left) in the stands before kick off during his spell as Gillingham director of football (Pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

Peter Taylor (left) in the stands before kick off during his spell as Gillingham director of football (Pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Dagenham & Redbridge boss Peter Taylor is hoping to use his contacts in the game to assemble a strong squad ahead of the new National League season.

With former boss John Still and a number of key players having departed since the end of last season, Daggers are expected to start the new term with a much-changed squad.

Pre-season looks set to be a busy time for Taylor as he looks to build his Daggers squad ahead of the league season beginning on August 4.

But having been involved in football, both as a player and manager, for almost 50 years, the 65-year-old says he knows enough people in the game to help him quickly identify and bring in new talent.

“It’s not nice getting old, but the good thing about getting old is that you know a lot of people,” said the one-time England caretaker manager.

“I could pick the phone up to anywhere, whether it be National League South or the Premier League, so I’m very lucky that I have eyes and ears around all different areas.

“There could be players that played last season at a lower level than the National League that could be given an opportunity after a trial, but the nice thing about it is I think a lot of the Football League teams respect the National League a bit more.

“They see it as a good grounding area for some of their good, young players. They look at under-23 football and think is it competitive enough, or would it be better for the player if the result means a bit more?

“I think you’ll find, as I’m experiencing now, that I’ll get a lot more help from Football League clubs that will let us have some really good players on loan.

“They see that if you can have a player for six months on loan, goes and plays 25-30 matches, they’ll go back to their parent club a better player.”

Taylor already has some talented youngsters on the books at Daggers, with teenagers Liam Gordon, Tyrique Htde and Elliot Bonds all expected to get plenty of first-team chances next term.

And Taylor is looking forward to working with the talented trio, adding: “They’re all really looking forward to next season because they know they’re going to get a chance.

“If they take things on board and walk through the changing room and show they’re a good player, they’ll get a chance.

“If they’re too respectful of the senior pros, then the youngsters don’t get a chance, so you want your younger players to have enough faith in their own ability and show me that.”


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