Daggers new boy Clark up for a swift return to Fleet
PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 December 2018
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Defender set to come against former club as Essex club make trip south of the Thames in FA Trophy
Kenny Clark will have a swift reunion with his former employers when Dagenham & Redbridge visit Ebbsfleet United in the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday.
The Vanarama National League rivals meet at the Kuflink Stadium this weekend with £6,000 up for grabs in prize money.
Defender Clark recently returned to Daggers for an undisclosed fee from Fleet, with whom he won promotion to the National League in 2017.
The 30-year-old made more than 200 appearances for United and was a regular for them this term before making the switch to Victoria Road.
Clark, then, is sure to have plenty of knowledge of the Ebbsfleet squad and the centre-back is expecting everyone at Daggers to be leaning on him for what he knows leading up to the game.
“All the players and the staff will probably be looking to me for a bit of inside information,” he said.
“It’s a game I’m looking forward to it and I have been ever since the draw was made on the day I signed.”
It will be a quick return to Ebbsfleet for Clark, who only left the Kent club on November 26 to re-sign for Daggers.
Saturday’s game will be a touch under three weeks since the 30-year-old left the Kuflink Stadium, but it seems he may not be too pleased about the speed of his return to his old stamping ground.
Asked if he was looking forward to going back so soon, Clark laughed: “No, not really!”
He continued: “It will be good to see the boys that I used to play with, but I play for Dagenham now and they’re my team.
“We’re going there to do a job and get through to the next round of the FA Trophy.”
With Daggers currently still trying to distance themselves from the relegation battle in the National League, it seems the Trophy may be their best shot at success this term.
Daggers face Ebbsfleet having not lost in their last five games and Clark says the objectives remain the same, regardless of what competition they are playing in.
“We just have to take each game as it comes and not look at where we are in the table or in the cups, but look at the 90 minutes ahead,” he said.