Widdowson eyes play-offs after penning new deal

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:21 02 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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Left back confident of successful season after extending stay with Daggers

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

Joe Widdowson is certain Dagenham & Redbridge can challenge for promtoion next season after signing a new contract with the club.

Widdowson first arrived at Victoria Road on loan from Bury in November before joining on a permanent basis until the end of the campaign in January.

He made 21 league appearances throughout the course of last season and was an important part of the team that hauled Daggers from the relegation zone to the safety of 14th.

The 26-year-old has now agreed a new two-year deal to remain in east London and is adamant the squad has the capability of pushing for the top seven next term.

“The play-offs are possible, there’s enough quality in the team. We finished just a few points off of those positions despite being near the bottom of the table in January,” said Widdowson.

“If we are more consistent over the course of the season, and not leaving the good form until the very end, then we’ll be in with a shout.”

As with any club, team morale and results go hand in hand and the Daggers appear no different.

Widdowson says the squad all get on extremely well, which he feels was vital in the team’s move up the table in the final few months of last season.

“We’re a tight group and we talk outside of football, which was a contributing factor to the run of results at the end,” added the product of the West Ham United academy.

• For more from Joe Widdowson, see this week’s paper.

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