Munns enjoying his football again with Daggers after ‘frustrating’ Hartlepool spell

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 November 2018

Jack Munns (23) of Dagenham and Redbridge scores the second goal for his team against Fylde (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jack Munns (23) of Dagenham and Redbridge scores the second goal for his team against Fylde (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Midfielder moved to Victoria Road in summer after spending last season at Pools

Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Jack Munns says he is enjoying his football again after a frustrating spell at Vanarama National League rivals Hartlepool United.

The 24-year-old spent last season with the Pools, but ill health saw him feature just 17 times before being released in the summer.

After impressing during a trial, Munns joined Daggers in September on a deal through to the end of the current season.

The midfielder’s first few weeks at Victoria Road saw him work hard to get back to match fitness, before making his debut at Gateshead on October 6.

Since then, Munns has become a vital part of the starting XI for Peter Taylor’s men and the ex-Cheltenham Town man says he is enjoying his football once again.

“It was frustrating in the first few weeks as I wasn’t match fit, but it was pleasing as I was at a new club and enjoying my football,” said Munns.

“No disrespect to Hartlepool, but I didn’t really enjoy it up there and I didn’t really play anywhere near as much as I would have liked.

“I had a decent pre-season with them in the summer for about a month, and then I probably had a month where it as a little in-and-out, a little bit bitty which is when I lost my fitness.

“The first few weeks with Dagenham were a bit frustrating as I wanted to get out there as soon as possible, but it probably was the right thing to get my fitness up before I went out there.

“I want to create chances and score as many goals as I can as that’s my game. It’s nice to be enjoying my football again.”

In playing for Daggers, Munns is enjoying something of a homecoming having been born in Dagenham and attended Sanders Draper School in Hornchurch.

And the 24-year-old is pleased to be back in the area after stints at clubs far away from home.

“I’ve been away from home since I was about 16, being at clubs like Cheltenham and Hartlepool,” he added.

“When you’re not playing and you are so far from home, I came to an agreement with those clubs.

“I was delighted to get back home and as soon as I knew there was an opportunity at Dagenham, it was perfect for me.

“It’s a proper hometown club and a few of my mates come down to watch.”

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