Widdowson: Easy to sign new terms

PUBLISHED: 14:30 05 June 2015

Joe Widdowson of Dagenham and Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Joe Widdowson of Dagenham and Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Defender reveals it was not hard to sign new deal with Daggers

Joe Widdowson says it was simple for him to agree a new two-year contract to remain with Dagenham & Redbridge.

The left-back was one of two Daggers to pen fresh terms this week, with Frankie Raymond signing a one-year deal.

Widdowson originally joined the club in November on loan from Bury before making the move permanent in January.

The product of the famed West Ham United academy made 21 league appearances in total for Dagenham and says his future was never in doubt.

“It was a very easy decision to sign. I really enjoyed my time at the club last season,” said Widdowson.

“The good results and good form we had at the end of last season were a big reason to sign a new deal.”

Widdowson and Raymond follow Jamie Cureton, Andre Boucaud, Ashley Hemmings and Ade Yusuff in extending their stays at Victoria Road.

The club are believed to still be negotiating with defenders Matt Partridge, Ian Gayle and Scott Doe and midfielders Luke Howell and Billy Bingham.

But Widdowson, 26, says it is positive news that so many of the players who helped turn around the team’s results have already signed up for next year.

“The fact so many boys have signed up so early is definitely encouraging. Jamie and Andre are very experienced players who were a huge part of our form at the end of last season,” added the Forest Gate native.

“Frankie Raymond came into the squad at the end of the year, but he is a great prospect and I’m looking forward to seeing him establish himself in the first team next year.

“I feel like I have a good understanding with Ashley down the left, so it was great to see him sign too.”

Widdowson says that the team will not set any goals for next season until they regroup for pre-season training later this month.

But with the left-back having been an integral part of the team that picked up 33 points in their final 20 games, in which Widdowson started 18, he is confident the play-offs are within reach next season.

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