Still hopeful Daggers midfielder can make big impact

Billy Bingham looks set for his first start since September against Gillingham on Friday

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still wants Billy Bingham to seize his first team chance, following the midfielder’s return to full fitness.

Bingham has been dogged by knee injuries this term and has made just two league starts.

But the 21-year-old is firmly back in contention now, having come off the bench in each of the last three matches, including the FA Cup second round win at Walsall.

The centre of midfield has been a problem position for Daggers this season, with Luke Howell, Kevin Maher, Peter Gain and Bingham all suffering lengthy injury layoffs, while summer loan signing Oliver Lee returned to West Ham in October.

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With options limited, Still believes its now time for Bingham to make his mark.

“He’s got to. He’s fit enough now and he’s got all the ability in the world,” said Still.

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“The danger with Billy is that he’s coming in with Kevin Maher and they both need the games.

“So it’s whether or not they’re ready together fitness wise.”

Bingham is likely to start Friday night’s visit of promotion hopefuls Gillingham.

Still is sweating on the fitness of Peter Gain, who limped off in the first half against Barnet on Boxing Day.

Meanwhile Abu Ogogo serves the second match in his three game ban after seeing red against Burton Albion.

“With Peter Gain, I think it’s a ligament injury,” said Still.

“So that’s going to stretch us in midfield with Abu suspended as well.”

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