Daggers snap up striker Clifton

Dagenham & Redbridge have bolstered their attacking options ahead of the new Vanarama National League campaign with the signing of former Bromley and Maidenhead United frontman, Adrian Clifton.

The 31-year-old impressed for the Daggers in a series of pre-season matches. Now the Montserrat international will be looking to replicate the form he displayed with the Magpies during the 2018/19 campaign when he netted fourteen times.

Clifton has also represented Romford, Waltham Forest and East Thurrock United, gleaning a wealth of experience in the non-league game. 

Speaking to www.daggers.co.uk, the player enthused: “I’m buzzing to get the deal over the line. I’ve been training with the players for a couple of weeks. We’ve got a great bunch of lads here, most of them I know from either playing with them or mutual friends, so I’ve settled into the group well.

“Some of the dressing rooms that I’ve been in have taken me longer to settle into, it hasn’t been as smooth as it has been here, which shows the sort of players that we have in this group.

“I have been involved in nearly all of the pre-season matches, so fitness-wise I’m almost there now and I’ve really enjoyed playing in those matches. I was keeping myself fit during the lockdown, but nothing quite compares to playing football.

Clifton added: “I feel like I’ve got a point to prove because of the fact I didn’t play as much at Bromley. At 31, people will always question your desire or whether you’re coming to the end of your career, but I’m as hungry as ever and I’m looking forward to proving that point.

“I’ve been playing for a long time and you can’t buy experience. I’m joining a dressing room that has a real mix of experience and young talent which is good as I think you always need a good balance.

“I’m just buzzing to have signed and can’t wait to get the season started.“

Meanwhile, Daggers boss, Daryl McMahon, added: “Adrian is an experienced striker, he’s been around the National League for a long time with the likes of Maidenhead, Havant & Waterlooville and Bromley. 

“He’s played in the lower levels of non-league as well. He’s a target man, a handful to play against and I think he adds another dimension to our front-line.”

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Brian Jeeves

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