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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Former Daggers striker Josh Scott was as frustrated as anyone after his four-and-a-half year spell came to an end at Victoria Road last week.
The former Hayes & Yeading man enjoyed a stellar first season at the club back in the 2009-10 season, netting 16 goals as the Daggers won promotion to League One.
But illness and injury has plagued the 28-year-old ever since, and he was released from his contract after conversations with boss Wayne Burnett late last week.
Scott was disappointed with the manner in which he left the club, but he was upset he was never able to replicate that form he showed in the first season.
“That first season was great and it was nice to come in and have the impact that I did at the club,” said Scott.
“It was frustrating that it was so stop-start after that though. A couple of times I thought I got back to somewhere near full fitness and then I’d get a niggle and that would set me back again.
“It’s disappointing to bring my spell at the club to an end like this. I’d hoped I would leave on a high, but it wasn’t to be.
“I wasn’t getting the game time I wanted and Wayne couldn’t promise me that.
“I felt I could have had a few more games this season, but Wayne had other ideas. But that’s football.”
Scott will always have time for the club, though, with the Daggers giving him the chance to fulfil his dream of playing professional football.
And along the way, there has been a number of highs for the Camden-born forward.
No Daggers supporter will ever be able to forget the four goals he scored in the 6-0 win over Morecambe in the first leg of their League Two play-off semi-final at Victoria Road back on May 16, 2010.
“No-one will be able to take that away from me,” added Scott. “That is the standout from my time at the club without doubt.
“There is nothing you could do to top that, and to do it on TV was nice as well.
“Going on to get promotion that year was great. I’ll always be thankful to Dagenham & Redbridge for giving me my first professional contract and I had some lovely times at the club.
“I’d like to thank the fans for all their support over the years. The squad I’ve left behind is a very capable one and hopefully they can replicate that success that I had in my first year at the club.”
Scott wasted little time in finding a new club following his departure, signing a deal with Conference outfit Aldershot Town until the end of the current campaign.
And that move came after the striker scored the winner for Dagenham against the Shots as they came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Recreation Ground in February 2010.