Daggers boss Taylor actively searching for Cheek replacement

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 August 2018

Dagenham manager Peter Taylor during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

Dagenham manager Peter Taylor during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

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Forward left Daggers to join National League rivals just two days before start of new season

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor says he will bring another forward to the club after striker Michael Cheek joined Vanarama National League rivals Ebbsfleet United.

Cheek departed Daggers just two days before the start of the new league season, with the Essex club away to Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Taylor may be unable to bring in a new player for that trip to Meadow Park this weekend, but says he is actively looking for a replacement.

And the 65-year-old also wished Cheek the best of luck, commenting: “Michael is a good lad, a good professional and he’s taken a good opportunity at Ebbsfleet.

“The timing for us is not good, but we have to get on with it and that’s the situation we’re in as a club.

“We’ll get on with it and I’m sure I’ll bring another player in to hopefully try and do as well as Michael did.

“We wish him good luck and we have to get on with what we know we can produce.”

As for those still with Daggers, Taylor may still find himself without several players for the trip to Wood as they continue to recover from injuries collected over pre-season.

Neither skipper Ben Nunn nor centre-back Alex Davey featured during pre-season, a blow for the Victoria Road outfit given they are a new-look side this season.

Taylor acknowledges that some players may not be fit enough for Saturday’s game, but he did add that those coming back from injury were not too far away from returning.

“We probably could have done with the start of the season being a further two weeks away because we probably could have got everybody fit by then,” added the former England caretaker manager.

“We’ve been quite lucky on that front and the boys are desperate to play a league match.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game, but there’s only so much pre-season training you can do.”

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