Fejiri Okenabirhie praises close bond of Dagenham & Redbridge squad ahead of trip to Guiseley

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 August 2016

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge and Johnny Hunt of Chester (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge and Johnny Hunt of Chester (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers winger says new-look squad have already become a tight unit

Dagenham & Redbridge winger Fejiri Okenabirhie says there is already a good bond in the camp, despite the vast majority of the squad arriving in the summer.

The ex-Harrow Borough attacker was one of 11 signings made by Still before the start of the new National League campaign.

And the squad was further boosted by the additions of Corey Whitely and Paul Benson, with the strikers unveiled during the interval in a 3-0 opening-day success at home to Southport.

Daggers face a lengthy trip this weekend to Guiseley in Yorkshire, having also hit the road to Chester on Tuesday where they were beaten 3-0.

And with two long journeys in the space of just four days for the new-look squad, the 20-year-old Okenabirhie says the group will become even closer.

He said: “We’ve done a few team bonding things over pre-season, but the long coach journeys will only bring us closer together.

“We’ve got a good bunch of lads, so we’ll have no problems with that.”

Okenabirhie certainly showed no sign of nerves last weekend as he made his full debut for Daggers at home to Port.

The former Stevenage winger scored the first goal, before providing the assist for Luke Guttridge to get the second.

For that goal, Okenabirhie was able to get himself out of a tight spot on the right wing, using great skill, much to the delight of the home supporters.

Jordan Maguire-Drew added a third for the hosts in the second half to round off the win, which fired Daggers to the top of the table on the opening day.

And though it will be a long, and at times tough, season, Okenabirhie believes there is enough talent in the squad at Victoria Road to be there or thereabouts by the end of the term.

“You have to aim as high as you can, we’ve got the squad to do it and the manager knows how to win this league,” he added.

“We’ve got to take each game as it comes and keep playing like we did against Southport.”

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