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It took Daggers left back Femi Ilesanmi 88 attempts until he broke his goalscoring duck, and fellow defender Gavin Hoyte hopes he doesn’t have as long to wait.
The 23-year-old former Arsenal man joined the Daggers on a two-year deal at the start of last season and has since chalked up 55 games for the club.
And a goal for him still remains elusive, but for one thing, he hopes it comes sooner than the 88 it took his team-mate.
“I am trying to get as forward as much as I can and get those crosses into the box and maybe one day I’ll get a goal myself,” said Hoyte.
“I feel like I am improving but a goal would be great. Femi took some time in getting it and I’m the longest serving player without a goal apart from Chris Lewington in goal.
“It would be nice to end the drought, it’s been a while, but first and foremost the result is the most important thing.”
In his first season at the club there was a lot of chopping and changing between Hoyte and skipper Abu Ogogo for the right back spot.
Hoyte often came off the bench to allow Ogogo to switch to the midfield position which has seen the captain become a revelation in front of goal, with seven to his name so far this season.
But Hoyte is the first to admit he wasn’t at his best last season, and while believing this season has seen him but in some more consistent performances, he feels there is more to come.
“I didn’t really play as well as I could last season for whatever reason, but I didn’t play to the best of my ability,” added Hoyte. “Now I am getting that regular spot there is more consistency around, though I still feel there is more to come.
“Wayne has helped me a lot and told me what to work on. I’ve done that and that’s helped a lot.
“I came out of the team against Mansfield due to tactics and I was disappointed by that, but I have worked hard and I’ll and carry on doing what I am doing because it seems to be working at the moment.”
Hoyte followed his older brother Justin, currently with Championship side Middlesbrough, into the sport
Both plied their trade at Arsenal as youngsters, and Gavin was selected as one to watch by the Daily Mail when predicting the England team for this year’s World Cup team back in 2007.
Most of that XI has failed to live up to the Mail’s billing, with only Theo Walcott and Micah Richards the three in the team which have actually played for their nation at the top level.
At the time, that was a privilege for Hoyte to see himself shortlisted, and though the career may not have panned out as the Mail predicted, Hoyte’s just happy to be playing regular football with the Daggers.
“I was just delighted to be in it at the time and to get picked out of so many players it’s a positive thing and meant I was doing something right,” he added.
“It never quite worked out like that though in the end, but I’m still in the sport I love playing and hopefully I can go on to achieve things in my career.”
And with six months left on his contract the only thing on his mind at the moment is proving to Burnett that he’s worthy of a new deal with the club.
“I have got that at the back of my mind,” he said. “All I can do is to try and do the best I can and see what happens. I have to keep my place in the team and continue to impress the gaffer.”