December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 20, 2013
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett is excited to have youngsters such as Jack Connors and Afolabi Obafemi at the club.
The two 18-year-olds both started last weekend’s 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers and continue to show promising signs at this early stage in their careers.
And Burnett hopes people realise the talent they have at the club.
“People may forget that we had two 18-year-olds out there today in Jack Connors and Affy Obafemi,” said Burnett.
“It‘s encouraging for young players and for this football club. “We have some young players who are progressing and developing really nicely.”
And although the young Daggers squad may be inconsistent, he believes there are some exciting times ahead.
“We are so young and naïve at times but it’s exciting and as a fan of this football club you should be excited that we have got these young players coming through,” he added.
“There’s going to be inconsistency and ups and downs because they are young but it’s exciting.”
And though Burnett is taking a different approach to former boss John Still, he sees no reason why Daggers can’t produce their own players.
He said: “We’ve always found players here through John Still in non-league but we want to create a template.
“You look at Crewe and they are a prime example. Why can’t we develop our own players and use the fantastic catchment area we’re in?
“Things are very competitive with the clubs we have around us but the unique selling point of this football club is that we have some good coaches. You see Jack Connors coming through and there are others coming through as well.”
Without manager Paul Martin in the dugout, Romford were beaten 5-2 at the weekend by Redbridge in the Ryman One North to end an extremely poor month for the club.