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Brentford striker makes loan switch to Daggers

Luke Norris (33) of Northampton Town is congratulated after scoring the opening goal against Daggers earlier in the season. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Luke Norris (33) of Northampton Town is congratulated after scoring the opening goal against Daggers earlier in the season. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Thursday, January 23, 2014
11:51 AM

Dagenham & Redbridge have completed the loan signing of striker Luke Norris from League One side Brentford, initially for a month.

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The 20-year-old had a previous spell on loan in League Two this season with basement boys Northampton Town, and scored for the Cobblers in the 2-2 draw against Daggers at Sixfields back on October 19.

His loan spell was cut short at Northampton due to injury, but during his time with the club he netted five goals in 12 games.

Having released Josh Scott and Brian Woodall in recent weeks, Daggers have been short of options up front before securing the loan switch for Norris, who is available for selection for Saturday’s home game against Scunthorpe United.

“He’s a player we’ve watched on a number of occasions that we believe can come in and really bolster the group as well as give us more attacking options,” manager Wayne Burnett told the club website.

“We’ve played against him whilst he had his spell at Northampton so we are fully aware of what he is going to bring to us and we are looking forward to bringing him into the squad.”

While with the club, Norris will wear shirt number 33, coincidentally the same number he had at Northampton.

Ose Aibangee the academy director at Brentford, told their club website: “We are pleased that Luke has another opportunity to go out on loan.

“He did very well at Northampton, particularly at the start of his loan, and got better by playing regular first-team football. This loan move will give him another chance to do that.

“Dagenham & Redbridge are just on the edge of the play-off race so there will be additional pressure for him, in a team fighting for something.

“That will only help him as a player. We always say that going out on loan is as much about the experience away from the match day as the game time and Luke will get to know a new environment and have to show he can deal with that.

“He is at the stage of his career where he needs to play Football League matches and we will see how he develops over the next month.”

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