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Friday, September 13, 2013
Daggers left-back Jack Connors hopes he can build on his first league start against Exeter and make the position his own.
The 18-year-old, who has come through the club’s academy, made his league debut in a 1-1 draw at Victoria Road after impressing in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Colchester, which earned Daggers a trip to Southend on October 8.
And Connors hopes he has done enough for boss Wayne Burnett to give him another crack as Daggers entertain Bristol Rovers this weekend.
“I’m extremely pleased,” said Connors. “I wasn’t expecting it to come this early but I am happy it has come and I just want to play as many games as I can.
“Hopefully, I’ve done well enough for the gaffer to keep me in the team for next week, but that’s down to him. I’m learning with every minute I get on the pitch. Hopefully with every game I’ll improve as a player.”
Since coming into the first-team fold, Connors has been pleased with the help he has received from his colleagues, especially centre-backs Scott Doe and Brian Saah.
He added: “Scott and Brian are excellent at the back with me. They’re always talking to me throughout the game and even Zavon Hines in front is doing it. He’s played in the Premier League so he is guiding me through games as well.”
As for his first 90 minutes in the Football League, he added: “I thought it was good and carrying on from Tuesday I was happy to start my first league game.
“It was different to Tuesday because Colchester sat off us and we had a bit more time on the ball.
“In the first five minutes I gave the ball away two times but I thought I grew into the game, got hold of it and I thought I did alright.”
Both Burnett and Saah only had positive words to say on the youngster’s league debut, and hope there is more to come.
Burnett said: “I thought he played very well and it might take him a couple of weeks to get in the swing of how quick the game is.
“It’s different from youth team and development games. But overall he had a decent game and he grew into it as it went on.”
Saah added: “From what I have seen of Jack he is a very good player, very composed on the ball and gets good quality on it.
“Defensively he’s good as well, so it bodes well for him. He’s still a young lad and the more games he plays the better he’ll be, but for a young lad coming in he did well.”
Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes that Arsenal have the ability to win the league this season.