December 21 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 27, 2013
Daggers midfielder Billy Bingham is in his fifth season with the club, and it has been fair to say it’s not gone according to plan for the 23-year-old.
Bingham has only made 69 appearances in that time at Victoria Road and has been beset by niggling injuries since arriving at the club.
But now with six starts under his belt to date he hopes his troubles are behind him and he can focus on playing to the best of his ability and start fulfilling the potential he’s always had.
“I have not fulfilled my potential at all,” said Bingham. “There’s a lot more to come but what I have noticed is the more I play the more you can express yourself and get comfortable.
“As soon as that happens you can start expressing yourself even more because you get confidence and that is a big thing in football.
He added: “Every time I have got in the team before and had a couple of games I’ve picked up an injury which has set me back and then I wouldn’t be in the team for ages,
“I’ll be back then I’ll get another little niggle but hopefully now I will stay injury free and keep my place in the team.”
And while he has played an important role so far, he has had to watch on as fellow midfielders Luke Howell and Abu Ogogo have been in the goals.
But there is nothing more the 23-year-old would love then to add his name to eight goalscorers the club has had so far this season.
“I’m not getting forward that much at the moment but it would be nice to contribute,” he said.
“I reckon it will have to come from 30 yards though, none of this tap in stuff that Abu gets!
“I am goal hungry but if I get one it’ll have to come from distance I feel.
“The goals are being share round and it’s not putting the pressure on the front three at the moment. You get Zavon Hines assisting and Rhys Murphy scoring and there’s goals coming from all round the team with Abu and Luke which is nice.”
It’s been evident under boss Wayne Burnett that there has been a style change for the Daggers, with much more emphasis on passing the ball around.
And Bingham is absolutely fine with that, but felt when they were implemented last year upon Burnett’s then temporary appointment, it did cause confusion amongst their ranks at times.
“I feel we all understand Wayne’s tactics now but there is still more to come from us,” he added.
“We know what is expected of us and how to play. We can’t muck around and at the same time we want to play football the way the gaffer wants us to play.
“It’s clicking more now than what it has done in the past.
“I think I adapted quite well when Wayne came in with his ideas last season but that is my type of game and it’s better for me.
“But as a group sometimes there is a few misunderstandings and that’s the thing which is clicking now.”
Bingham is hopeful of starting in tomorrow’s match against Bury at Victoria Road, and though he is pleased with his start, admits he cannot afford to rest on his laurels.
He said: “I’m really pleased that I am playing but I have got to keep it up because I know that as soon as I come off it I’ll be out of the team and I know that from experience so I really have to keep at it and try hard to do so.
“There are a load of good central midfielders around the team and I know as soon as I step off it they are going to be straight in.”