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It’s been a week of watching and waiting for Dagenham & Redbridge fans as they anxiously awaited news of striker Rhys Murphy, and whether he’d be the latest Dagger to make the move to Peterborough United.

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To their delight, the 23-year-old turned down the opportunity to move to London Road, and now the striker wants to get concentrated on the football once again as Daggers host League Two leaders Scunthorpe United at Victoria Road tomorrow.

“I’d like to thank the club for allowing me to talk to Peterborough United, but I decided the time wasn’t just right to move on,” said Murphy.

“Now it is over I just want to concentrate on the football again and that starts against Scunthorpe United.”

Since the appointment of Russ Wilcox as Scunthorpe boss, the Iron have propelled themselves up to the League Two summit.

But in recent weeks the Daggers have fallen slightly off the play-off pace, with just two wins from their last 10 games.

They remain 14 points behind the Glanford Park side, and eight points off Oxford United who hold the last play-off spot.

And now Murphy has committed himself to the club, he wants the Daggers to rediscover their form which has seen them defy the bookies odds at the start of the season, which had them joint favourites for the drop.

“We have been going through a bit of a sticky spell of late and it hasn’t quite worked out for us as we would have liked,” he added.

“My sole focus now is getting back in the goals for Dagenham and make sure the team can push on again up the table.

“It’s an incredibly tight league at the moment and that gives us the opportunity to make ground on those above us at the moment. We’ve had a little blip of late, but all the boys want that to end on Saturday and hopefully we can turn the corner and start picking up the points again.”

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