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Striker Wilkinson enjoying football again at Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 December 2018

Conor Wilkinson (No 17) celebrates scoring Dagenham's opening goal during Bromley vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Vanarama National League Football at the H2T Group Stadium on 24th November 2018

Conor Wilkinson (No 17) celebrates scoring Dagenham's opening goal during Bromley vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Vanarama National League Football at the H2T Group Stadium on 24th November 2018

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Dagenham & Redbridge striker Conor Wilkinson is pleased to be back enjoying his football after joining the club on loan from League One side Gillingham.

The 23-year-old has made an instant impression by bagging four goals in his first four games for the Daggers.

The former Bolton Wanderers man will now be keen to continue his rich form when they host Halifax Town on Saturday.

“It just feels nice to be enjoying football again, before here I was in bad place, I weren’t playing and wasn’t getting picked for Gillingham,” Wilkinson said.

“It’s just nice to be out on the pitch, with a manager who believes in you, and a team that backs you to go out there get the three points and try score goals every week.”

He praised the impact of playing under Peter Taylor once again and says he encourages him to play his best.

“I don’t think you understand what it feels like to have a manager that actually believes in you.

“You can go out and have no fear of losing the ball, when you score a goal he claps you, and encourages you to do well – that’s the most important thing.”

The Irishman also believes the Daggers faithful have been extremely supportive during his time so far to help spur the squad on, adding: “When you’re flying and you’ve got fans that like you and are encouraging you to go and do things – you have no fear.

“You get the ball, you can beat three people and send someone off to score a goal, and the fans encourage it so that helps a lot.”

Wilkinson was awarded goal of the month for November for his first strike against Havant & Waterlooville in their 3-1 victory.

The effort saw him beat two defenders before firing home and he put it as his joint-best goal alongside a goal he scored against Portsmouth last term.

“I think that’s probably joint-top, last year I had one against Portsmouth where I flicked it over two players and put it in the bottom corner, so it’s up there with that.”

He did however he was surprised to see Daggers league position when he joined the club.

“The gaffer told me how good the boys were and obviously you look at the table and think they must have done something wrong but now everything is coming together.”

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