Wayne: My Daggers are shaping up

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:27 10 June 2015

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Boss Burnett happy with dealings

Wayne Burnett believes his Dagenham & Redbridge squad is beginning to take shape following the news that Matt Partridge has signed a new one-year deal to remain with the club.

Partridge became the fifth Dagger to sign a new deal since the end of last season, following Jamie Cureton, Andre Boucaud, Ashley Hemmings, Frankie Raymond and Joe Widdowson in extending his stay at Victoria Road.

With the club due back for pre-season training at the end of the month, Burnett feels the squad for next season is coming along nicely.

“It was always my intention to keep the nucleus of the squad from last season and it’s good that the boys have all signed up early,” said Burnett.

“We’re still keen for Billy Bingham, Scott Doe and Luke Howell to sign new deals and we’re still in talks with all of them.

“We’ve also spoken to a few players outside of the club as well because we are aware that we also need a couple of signings if we are to compete next season.”

One thing that any player who signs for Daggers in the coming weeks can look forward to is a trip to Netherlands in July.

The club announced last week they would be travelling to the continent to take on Helmond Sport in a friendly on July 18.

Daggers undertook a similar trip last summer, travelling to Spain for a training camp and a match against UD Horadara, and Burnett believes it will again prove to be an important team-building exercise.

“It’s an opportunity for the players to get together and spend some time in one another’s company,” added Burnett.

“We did it last summer and it was important because we had a lot of new faces in the squad.

“While we might not have as many this time, it will still be good for the players to spend time with each other ahead of next season.”

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