Curtley Williams says Dagenham & Redbridge season was a success despite defeat in National League play-offs
PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 June 2017
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Daggers lost to Forest Green Rovers in semi-finals, with Williams saying abrupt end was ‘weird’
Curtley Williams believes Dagenham & Redbridge’s National League season should be considered a success, despite losing out in the play-offs.
Daggers finished fourth in the league, 15 points adrift of winners Lincoln City, before suffering a 3-1 aggregate loss against Forest Green Rovers in the play-off semi-finals.
It was a devastating way for the season to finish for Daggers and while Williams was pleased with the campaign on the whole, he admits it was a strange end to it.
“The season ended quite abruptly; we had our sights on Wembley, so it was weird how it ended,” he said.
“Overall, the season was a success, especially when you see the talk of us only starting last year with 14 players.
“The likes of Corey Whitely, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Craig Robson all came in and did well.
“I’d read that the year before, Andre Boucaud hadn’t done well, but he was superb for us last year and when he was in the team, we were more confident.
“Even Jordan Maguire-Drew, he stepped up to that level and scored some great goals for us.”
Following Daggers’ play-off defeat, Williams was one of seven players released with their contracts due to expire in the summer.
One of that group has already found himself a new club, with striker Shomari Barnwell moving to National League rivals Solihull Moors.
Williams, too, will hope to find a new club sooner rather than later, and admitted there have already been a few parties in touch about securing his services for next season, but is keeping his options open.
“It’s a weird one as I’ve had a few calls already and I wasn’t expecting that, but we’ll see what’s out there,” he added.
“I have to choose the right club for me and I want to play for a boss who gets the best out of me, and I was hoping that would have been by staying at Dagenham.
“It’s not about the money, I want to go to a club that matches my ambitious as when I look back at my career, I want to be proud of what I’ve achieved.”