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Ebbsfleet striker Cheek backs former club Daggers to avoid relegation

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 August 2018

Michael Cheek of Dagenham scores the third goal for his team and celebrates during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

Michael Cheek of Dagenham scores the third goal for his team and celebrates during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

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Ebbsfleet United striker Michael Cheek is backing his former club Dagenham & Redbridge to avoid relegation from the National League this season.

The 26-year-old forward, who left the Daggers two days before the season started to join Fleet for an undisclosed fee, is confident they have enough in their squad to steer clear of relegation.

But he also feels it was the right move for him to push on with his career by moving on from the club.

“I know things at Dagenham aren’t the greatest at the moment and I sort feel a bit selfish to leave, but in the end I feel I made the right decision for myself to leave and I’m glad to be here now.

“I think once I’d talked it over with my missus, it was clear that I had to come to Ebbsfleet to push on up the table as well.”

The prolific goal scorer, who averages 22 goals a year in the last seven seasons, feels Daggers will not be in a battle to avoid the drop come the end of the season.

“Not so much a relegation battle, I know things are hard at Dagenham at the moment obviously with no owner, but I think they’ll be ok.

“Peter Taylor is a good manager and he’s brought in some good players so my heart goes out to them and hopefully they’ll stay up.”

The former Braintree Town man also revealed he wasn’t expected to leave the club for the Northfleet-based outfit despite being on Daryl McMahon’s radar since January.

“Up until I think it was Tuesday or Wednesday, I’d played most pre-season games, and I had set my sights on leading the line for Dagenham but all of a sudden it just happened so quickly and here I am now.”

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