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Jimmy McFarlane praises the attitude of Dagenham & Redbridge new boy Shomari Barnwell after trying to sign him for Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 October 2016

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Urchins boss credits Victoria Road manager John Still for taking a chance on non-league players

Jimmy McFarlane has praised Dagenham & Redbridge’s new recruit Shomari Barnwell after trying to bring him to Hornchurch earlier in the campaign.

The 21-year-old has caught the eye for Bowers & Pitsea in the Ryman North this season and netted during their 3-2 win over Urchins back on August 27.

And that form resulted in the ex-Clapton striker earning a trial with Cambridge United before Daggers swooped in to sign him up on a professional deal.

“Shomari impressed me when we played Bowers at the beginning of the season and we tried to take him,” said McFarlane.

“But he is a very level-headed boy and said he had just got into football so wanted to settle down and have a good solid year.

“Then he got a trial with Cambridge and I don’t know what happened, but somebody from Dagenham was obviously keeping tabs on him and took him.”

Hornchurch’s manager believes the signing shows there are a number of talented players in the lower leagues waiting for an opportunity.

McFarlane praised Daggers boss John Still for doing what he has done throughout his long and successful career.

The Urchins manager feels more National League and professional clubs should take a chance on talented youngsters.

“Players are out there and it is the same with us because we take some boys and if you don’t look at them you’ll never know,” said McFarlane.

“They are out there and you just need to dip your toe in the water and I thought it would happen more as money gets tighter.

“John has done it for decades and I’m really surprised other sides in the National League and League Two haven’t done the same.”

Barnwell could have been a Hornchurch player, but has now got a dream move to Dagenham and will hope to take his shot at being a professional with the Victoria Road club.

Urchins, meanwhile, are reported to be interested in Ross Wall after Thurrock released the striker earlier this week.

Wall scored 22 times for Fleet last season in all competitions and could now be on Hornchurch’s radar.

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