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Wilkinson needs more experience but is aware of transfer rumours

PUBLISHED: 14:25 13 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:29 13 June 2013

Daggers defender Luke Wilkinson believes he still has a lot to learn in the game. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGS

Daggers defender Luke Wilkinson believes he still has a lot to learn in the game. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGS

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Dagenham & Redbridge defender Luke Wilkinson is aware of the speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League, but he insists he needs another few years to develop as a player.

The 21-year-old won the club’s player of the year award last season, making 46 appearances along the way as Daggers stayed up on goal difference.

Reports emerged late last week that Premier League sides Norwich and Aston Villa are keeping tabs on the defender — and West Ham assistant boss Neil MacDonald was believed to have been watching Wilkinson at a Daggers match last season.

But although he has seen the speculation, Wilkinson says his sole focus is playing for the Victoria Road outfit.

“I have been told about all the speculation from other people but I am just focused on playing for Dagenham & Redbridge,” said Wilkinson.

And although he would be confident if he was to make the step up, Wilkinson admits a couple more years of experience under his belt, playing regular football would be of much greater benefit to him.

He added: “I just want to play and improve as a player and I feel I need a couple more years behind me and then if a move does come about that’s a bonus to me and the club.

“I always have confidence in myself, but I do believe I need another couple of seasons to learn more and cut out a few mistakes.”

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