Reynolds confident Daggers are in a better place thanks to addition of new forwards
PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 November 2018
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Vanarama National League club have added likes of Conor Wilkinson and Angelo Balanta to ranks in recent weeks
Lamar Reynolds believes Dagenham & Redbridge are a stronger team now thanks to their recent additions.
Daggers boss Peter Taylor said at the start of the season his squad at the end of the season would be different to the one at the start, and even by November it seems that prophecy has become a reality.
In recent weeks, the ex-England caretaker manager has bolstered his options in attack with the additions of the Conor Wilkinson, Angelo Balanta, Shamir Mullings and Jack Munns.
Those signings have helped filled the hole left by Elliott Romain, who scored four Vanarama National League goals for Daggers before joining Maidstone United, as well as that of Michael Cheek, who left two days before the season started.
Winger Reynolds says his has not been hard adjusting to how his new attacking colleagues like to play, and says the recent signings have improved the squad.
“It’s not been hard building up new partnerships, we’ve gelled nicely with the new players that have come in,” said the former Newport County man.
“I think the team looks a lot stronger and we’re playing a lot better football.
“We look a lot stronger going forward and defensively. We’re starting to correct a few errors that we used to make and I think we’re building strongly.”
While Reynolds seems pleased with the recent acquisitions, it has made his task of becoming a first-team regular.
Since joining from Sky Bet League Two side Newport in the summer, the Jamaican-born winger has made just five league starts for Daggers.
Reynolds has started back-to-back games just once this term, while his last eight appearances have all come from the bench.
But the 23-year-old says he is desperate to prove to boss Taylor why he should be a regular in his starting XI.
“It’s been a learning curve and is something with which you have to be mentally strong,” added Reynolds, whose list of former clubs also includes Barking.
“I’m taking it on the chin, knowing I have to keep working hard and hopefully, when the time is right, it will happen and I’ll stay in the squad.”
In his 17 league appearances to date for Daggers, Reynolds remains without a goal and ending that barren spell would surely be a good way to prove his worth to Taylor.