Patience pays off for veteran Darren Currie

PATIENCE paid off for Darren Currie (pictured above) on Saturday as he returned to the Daggers starting line-up and helped fire them to their first win of the season, writes Iain Liddle.

Replacing the more defensively-minded Stuart Lewis, with Peter Gain moving into the centre of midfield, Currie and Danny Green’s dual wing threat exposed a narrow Leyton Orient formation.

“Things have been going pretty well in the reserve games and my fitness is a lot better than it was last season,” said the 35-year-old.

“I had a difficult time last season with the travelling, as I was commuting a lot, but I’ve moved back down now and got a pre-season under my belt.

“I’ve had to be patient and knocked on the door. I did a little bit at Charlton on Tuesday and forced my way in.

“I knew it was a crucial game for me personally as well as the team, so I tried my best and thankfully it’s gone well.”

With his starting berth restored, Currie is now keen to show the Daggers supporters the true extent of his talent.

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“I haven’t done anywhere near what I’m capable of since I’ve been here,” he said.

“It’s been a bit stop-start, but I’ve spoke at length with the manager about last season and this pre-season and I think fitness is the key.

“I’m still confident in my ability, but it was my fitness which needed to improve and I think I’ve had a good pre-season, which helped, and the manager told me to be patient which is the one thing I’ve never been very good at.

“But it’s paid off and I’ve been involved in a fantastic result.”

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