Daggers defender Gordon keen to learn plenty from his experienced colleague
PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 August 2018
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Teenage full-back seems to have been taking under the wing of former Arsenal defender
Dagenham & Redbridge youngster Liam Gordon is keen to learn all he can from experienced fellow defender Gavin Hoyte this season.
Hoyte returned to Daggers this summer from Vanarama National League rivals Eastleigh and, at 28, is one of the more experienced players in the squad.
Gordon, meanwhile, is among the youngest at 19 and still developing as a footballer.
But throughout pre-season, Hoyte and Gordon look to have struck up a close bond both on and off the pitch.
And the young left-back says he is keen to learn all he can from his more experienced defensive colleague this term.
“Gav has played at the top level and has played in the Premier League, so to get that knowledge from him is great,” said Gordon.
“I’m with him every day in training, so I listen to everything he has to say and try to take it on board.”
With Jake Howells having left Daggers over the summer, Gordon has started the new term as the club’s first-choice left-back.
He started every pre-season friendly for the Victoria Road outfit and was also in from the off in a 1-0 defeat at Boreham Wood on the opening day of the season.
Gordon says he has had a massive lift from being the first-choice left-back, but is also determined to repay boss Peter Taylor’s faith in him.
“It’s a great confidence boost for me and I feel like this is my time. I’m ready to take the opportunity in my stride,” he added. “I don’t feel nervous just because I’m young and I’m ready to take every game as it comes.”
Gordon is one of several young faces being given a shot in the first team this term, with Daggers in a difficult position financially.
Starting the new season with such a new-look squad may mean Daggers take time to find their feet this season.
And Gordon revealed Taylor and assistant manager Terry Harris have stressed the importance of unity this term, especially in the early part of the season as the new Daggers squad gets used to each other.
“The gaffer has said to us that we have to be a tight family and Terry reiterated that,” said the teenager.
“We just have to stick together; things will start falling into place and we’ll start gelling together as a team as the season goes on.”