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New Opportunity for Blanchfield at Dagenham and Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 July 2018

James Blanchfield in action for Ipswich Town (pic: Pagepix)

James Blanchfield in action for Ipswich Town (pic: Pagepix)

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James Blanchfield becomes Peter Taylor’s fifth summer signing for Dagenham and Redbridge and is keen to make the most of his new opportunity.

The 20-year-old started off his career in the Arsenal academy from the age of seven up until sixteen.

He then left the academy and signed a two-year scholarship for Ipswich Town and played in the under 18’s and the last two seasons in the under 23’s making 56 appearances.

Blanchfield was released by the Tractor Boys at the end of last season and now is ‘buzzing’ to be having the opportunity to be playing under Peter Taylor at Dagenham.

“Well I’ve been having talks for the last couple of weeks and to finally get it done I’m just over the moon and I just can’t wait to get started and show everyone what I could do and show the fans and the manager what I can do and what I’m capable of”, Blanchfield told the club.

Blanchfield believes that he can bring a lot to the team through the way he plays and is ready to express his skills in the proper game in front of a crowd.

The Southend born midfielder explained: “I just want to get out there in front of fans and show fans what I can do because where I’ve been playing under-23’s its not very competitive and it’s a lot different to playing in front of 1000 whatever fans they get here it’s a lot different.”

Blanchfield has had previous experience of playing in the National League though as he had a one month loan spell at Aldershot Town last season, however he only made one appearance.

Therefore playing for the Daggers will be his first real chance to play in front of a crowd in a competitive environment as he has signed a one year deal with the club.

Throughout the 20-year-olds career so far he feels he has picked up a lot of skills and an attacking style of play.

“Well where I’ve been at Arsenal and Ipswich I guess I would like to think I’m good on the ball, I like to get the ball moving, I’ve got a good range of passing, and I like to create chances so I think the fans will probably see someone who’s technically a good player and can do good things on the ball.”

The youngster added: “I’m just excited to crack on and play for points and hopefully get Dagenham up the league.”

Dagenham and Redbridge finished in 11th place last season in the National League and Peter Taylor will hope to improve on that position in the 2018/19 season.

Blanchfield spoke about working under the manager saying: “I can’t wait to start learning from him and his record and where he’s been says it all so I just can’t wait to get started with him really.”

James Blanchfield will want to prove himself in the upcoming season and has a great opportunity to really get his career moving in the right direction with a good season for the Daggers.

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