Dagenham & Redbridge: Charlee Adams says National League has improved since his last stint in it
PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 November 2017
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Daggers midfielder has two spells on loan at Lincoln City in fifth tier, the last of which was in 2014-15 season
Charlee Adams may only have arrived at Dagenham & Redbridge in the summer from Championship side Birmingham City, but he already has plenty of National League experience.
During a four-year spell with the Blues, the midfielder was twice loaned out to Lincoln City when they were in the fifth tier of English football.
The last of those two loan spells, though, came back in the 2014-15 season, when he made 14 appearances for the Imps.
There has been some change in the two years since the 22-year-old last played in the division prior to making his Daggers debut at Hartlepool United in September.
And Adams believes the league has definitely improved since his last spell playing in it.
“It was tough back then (when I was on loan at Lincoln) because I was a young 18-year-old, so to get that in early in my carrer was positive,” said the playmaker, who played six times in the league this season.
“I would say the league has now improved. There is a bit more money in the league and players coming down from higher divisions into the league. It’s good for the whole league, though.”
When joining Daggers following his release from Birmingham in the summer, Adams moved closer to home, having been raised in Plaistow.
The midfielder admits that was one of the reasons behind joining the Essex club, but also said boss John Still’s track record with developing players helped sway him as well.
“I had a meeting with the gaffer, a very positive meeting. I’m at the age where I need to play games week in, week out. For me to drop down and play games was the main thing,” he added.
“(Seeing) players that have come through here and gone on to better things was also a plus.”
“I’d been away up north for a few years, so it was a bonus to come back closer to home. My family and my mates all live nearby, which is good.”
Despite returning home after four years away, Adams does admit that his time with Birmingham helped develop him as a person, as well as a footballer.
“The main thing for me going from a boy to a man was living by myself for four years,” said the 22-year-old.
“The ins and outs of day-to-day life living away from home, it was hard the first six months to a year, but after that you knuckle down and work hard.”