Dagenham & Redbridge: Assistant manager Darren Currie believes the door is open for Daggers youngsters
PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:03 20 February 2018
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Dagenham & Redbridge handed a debut to academy prospect Elliot Bonds and named youngsters Liam Gordon and David Agboola were named on the bench for their 3-0 victory against Torquay United.
Teenager Bonds has been in prolific form for the youth team and helped them get to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup before crashing out to Championship side Ipswich Town as they lost 2-1.
The youngster netted in the cup match and his reward came in the 94th minute on Saturday when he came off the bench at Plainmoor.
Assistant manager Darren Currie said: “We’ve been aware of the likes of Elliot for a while and Dave Agboola through the course of the season, but where we’ve had large numbers to work with.
“We’ve been monitoring them in youth games, but the situation we find ourselves in, we’ve had to lose a few and at any football club when people leave it opens the door for someone else.”
Currie believes the current situation has opened the door for the club’s youngsters including the likes of Bonds, Agboola, Gordon and striker Jordy Mongoy.
“It’s given Elliot the chance, Dave Agboola, Jordy Mongoy and Liam Gordon a chance in the squad as well.
“It’s a nice opportunity for them to be around the first-team now and it’s an opportunity for them to grasp it as well.
“One door shuts for one and opens for someone else.”
The assistant also believes it’s now time for others to step-up after losing the likes of Corey Whitely, Sam Ling, Morgan Ferrier, Joe White and Scott Doe in recent weeks.
“The advantage of having a big squad and kids coming through – despite all what’s gone on, we’ve lost some key players there’s no doubt about that, but it’s allowed others to step-up and in the last two performances you can’t be anything but pleased with how the group has come together.”
Currie is hoping the youngsters will be able to help build on their 3-0 victory against Torquay United.
“It was an excellent team performance, right the way through the team, I thought we had a real work ethic from the first minute until the end.
“Individually I thought performances were very good and collectively I thought they were excellent.
“It was nice to get the reward for the performance because I felt we played particularly well against Aldershot as well without getting the rewards.
“What we added to the performance on Saturday at Torquay was that real threat in the final third and 3-0 on the day could have quite comfortably be five or six nil.”