October 23 2014 Latest news:
Friday, January 10, 2014
The speculation around Daggers striker Rhys Murphy continues, but boss Wayne Burnett confirmed no offers had yet been placed for League Two’s second top goalscorer.
The 23-year-old has been a revelation since joining the club in the summer following a year in Holland with Division Two side Telstar.
He made it 12 for the season with a consolation in the 3-1 defeat at York City last week, with Crawley Town boss John Gregory in attendance at Bootham Crescent.
And while aware he’ll continue to be talked about for the rest of the month, he doesn’t want to lose his star man, especially late on in the month.
“There has been a lot of speculation but we haven’t had any concrete offers from anyone,” said Burnett.
“The issue we are concerned about is if we lose him late on. If we do it is going to be difficult to replace permanently and I am not a big fan of loans but sometimes they are a necessity, but I wouldn’t like to lose him.”
Daggers have never prevented any player from leaving the club to play at a higher level and so many have done so with success, including the likes of Danny Green, Romain Vincelot, Craig Mackail-Smith and Dwight Gayle.
And Burnett believes that won’t change anytime soon.
“All clubs are selling clubs, apart from two or three in the world,” added Burnett.
“Arsenal have sold their best players in Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie, Man United sold their best player in Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Everyone has a price but as long as it’s right for the club and the player, we wouldn’t stand in a player’s way.
“We want them to go and play at the highest level possible, that’s one of our unique selling points that bring players to the football club and we give them the opportunity to go and showcase their abilities and talents to hopefully kick on.
“It’s a tradition at this club that you have seen players go on to a higher level and that isn’t going to stop.”
Burnett hasn’t ruled out any further additions to his squad during January and is looking at a striker and a goalkeeper, with back-up custodian Jordan Seabright struggling with injury.
“I’ll probably like to bring one or two more in before the window closes, but we’ll have to wait and see,” said Burnett.