Dagenham & Redbridge: Junior Lewis pays tribute to Daggers’ academy set-up
PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 April 2018
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Four academy graduates featured for the Essex club in their National League win at Guiseley last week
Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Junior Lewis praised the club’s youth structure after several academy graduates featured in the National League game at Guiseley last week.
Elliot Bonds and Liam Gordon both made their full debuts in the 5-3 win at the Lions, while Jordy Mongoy came off the bench for his first Daggers appearance.
Striker Mason Bloomfield, who progressed through the Daggers academy earlier in his career, also started in Yorkshire.
All four academy graduates finished the match for Daggers, and Lewis believes that was testament to the youth structure at the Essex club.
“At one moment on the pitch on Thursday, we had four players who had come through the academy,” said Lewis.
“That includes Mason, who had a spell away from here after making his debut, but it shows the club has a very good youth system with youngsters coming through.”
Bonds had more reason to be cheerful after Saturday’s win at home to Maidenhead United, having been named the supporters’ club’s academy player of the year.