Dagenham and Redbridge struggled through last season with relative mediocrity compared to their League One exploits of 2010. We all know that support has never been the Greater London clubs forte with average home attendances just touching on 2000. The boisterous noise made by fellow League Two crowds such as Portsmouth and Plymouth simply out roared the small London crowd, who in fairness have much larger clubs to go and visit.
Veteran goal poacher Jamie Cureton was the clubs overriding top scorer last season with 19 League goals, 14 more than runner up Ashley Hemmings. Talking of the former West Bromwich Albion youngster, he extended his contract in the summer, and the 24-year-old will be key to the Daggers success this time round. His unpredictability and twinkle toed dribbling is just the thing needed to gee up the crowd to roar on their team.
The attack minded Wayne Burnett will look to bolster his squad in all departments over the summer. Main striker Jamie Cureton will be hanging his boots of sometimes soon, so a new number 9 is a must for Burnett. Scottish forward Alex Jakubiak may be in line for that role after coming off the bench 16 times last season and netting 6 times if they can secure his services from Watford. A striker is nothing without the service, and with midfield maestro and former captain Abu Ogogo heading for Shrewsbury Town over the summer, midfield creation will also need to be enhanced with additions in the transfer market.
The Daggers defence will also undergo major transformations with Scott Doe rejecting contract talks in favour of a move away. Energetic midfielder Billy Bingham also joined Crewe Alexandra, who are widely regarded as one of the best academy teams in the country. With exit talk surrounding several other names in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham stadium it could be a long Summer ahead for Wayne Burnett who will have to balance the books while building a squad that is able to compete in the upper half of the table.
Relegation has threatened itself a couple of times over the past few seasons, and Dagenham will have to weather the storm once again in 2015/16. The attacking minded full backs Joe Widdowson and Ayo Obileye will leave the heart of defence wide open for those long balls that are now characterised with many League Two clubs. The centre of the ark has fell to pieces over the summer and will have to be completely rebuilt around and explosive box to box midfielder that can control the game as well as seeing off his defensive duties. Up front Jamie Cureton still has the goalscoring knack that has made him a role model to so many aspiring footballers, but at the age of 39 he doesn’t have the legs that he once had, and support will be needed to ensure the Daggers can outscore their opponents