Young Gordon delighted with first senior season at Dagenham & Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 May 2018
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Dagenham & Redbridge youngster Liam Gordon was delighted with his first senior season after stepping up from the youth set-up.
The 19-year-old made two appearances in the National League and netted his first goal in a 5-3 away victory against Guiseley in the final month of the season.
Gordon also impressed when he had loan spells at National League South outfit Whitehawk and Bostik Premier side Hendon during the campaign and the left-back is pleased with how it all panned out.
“It’s been a good season for me to be fair, I started on loan at Whitehawk and that was my first time playing men’s football, I was there for three months and it was a great experience,” he said.
“Playing with senior players, being around a first team and getting to play weekly, and I scored two goals, so it was a great experience there.
“I then came back about December and I was here for a few months training then I went to Hendon and got a few games there.
“I was there for a month with Joe White (former Dagenham striker) but we came back after the month and I just got my head down, started to train well, do extra in the gym and outside. I then got my chance against Guiseley and Macclesfield.”
Gordon feels his loan spells helped him push on and make his way into first-team action by the end of the season.
“I think that was very beneficial because I’ve never played men’s football before and it’s a big jump between men’s and youth football,” he added.
“It was a lot stronger a lot quicker and a lot more intelligent so it was just a great experience going out on loan and I think I needed it as well.”
The Croydon-born defender spoke about how pleasing it was to find the net on his debut and what assistant manager Darren Currie told him ahead of the match, adding: “It was the best feeling, there is nothing better than making your debut and scoring.
“Darren told me before the game ‘get forward, you’re a good attacking full-back, so just keep getting forward’.
“I got forward, I got my goal as I was in the right position to get my goal.
“A few of the players were bantering me about my celebration, but I don’t know what I was feeling. I don’t know who I was shushing as there wasn’t a crowd there, but I was just buzzing!”