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Corey Whitely surprised to win Dagenham & Redbridge player of the season award

PUBLISHED: 09:30 01 May 2017

Corey Whitely (right) is presented with the Dagenham & Redbridge player of the year award by club chairman Paul Gwinn (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Corey Whitely (right) is presented with the Dagenham & Redbridge player of the year award by club chairman Paul Gwinn (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers attacker revealed he was stunned to have won the award, but now wants promotion to go with

Dagenham & Redbridge player of the year Corey Whitely (centre), with Andre Boucaud (left) second and Oliver Hawkins (right) third (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Dagenham & Redbridge player of the year Corey Whitely (centre), with Andre Boucaud (left) second and Oliver Hawkins (right) third (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Corey Whitely admits he was shocked to be named Dagenham & Redbridge player of the year, but hopes it’s not the only thing he’s celebrating in the next few weeks.

Whitely has enjoyed a stellar first season with Daggers after joining last summer from Enfield Town.

The 25-year-old has become something of a talisman for the team and has netted 16 goals in all competition.

Whitely, and his team-mates, can now look forward to Thursday’s National League play-off semi-final, first leg at home to Forest Green Rovers.

But the former Enfield Town attacker still had time to reflect on being name player of the season, ahead of Andre Boucaud in second and Oliver Hawkins in third.

“I didn’t expect this to be honest. I’m thankful to the players, thankful to the fans for their support,” said Whitely.

“The season isn’t done yet, we still want to win games and get promoted, but this award is a bonus for me.”

Since joining last summer from Ryman Premier outfit Enfield, Whitely has been nothing short of superb.

His performances will likely have attracted admiring glances from teams in the Football League having done so well in non-league’s top flight.

And Whitely says that his debut season at Victoria Road was beyond his wildest dreams.

“I never expected to progress like this, I just thought I’d take it slow,” he added.

“I didn’t think I’d play as many games as I have and be as important to the team.

“I didn’t expect to get a lot of goals, but I’ve got 16 now and I still want to add to that.

“I’m confident I can get a few more goals in the play-offs and the season can end on a high.”

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