Search

Porter keen to ‘prove a point’ at Daggers

10:32 06 August 2014

Daggers midfielder George Porter in action at Concord Rangers last week. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Daggers midfielder George Porter in action at Concord Rangers last week. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football Leagu

New Daggers signing George Porter admits he has got a point to prove at Victoria Road.

The 22-year-old enjoyed much success early in his career as he made his way at League One neighbours Leyton Orient, but after a £90,000 move to Burnley in 2012 his career has stuttered.

He failed to feature for the Turf Moor side after signing a three-year contract with the Clarets, spending time on loan at Colchester United and AFC Wimbledon, where he featured against the Daggers in the 1-0 New Year’s Day home win last season.

A short-term deal at Rochdale didn’t go to plan, with the winger featuring on just two occasions for Keith Hill’s side.

And Porter now hopes a return to his London roots, albeit on another short-term deal, will be just what we needs to get his career back on track

“I definitely feel I have a point to prove,” said Porter. “Things didn’t happen at Burnley the way I expected after leaving Leyton Orient, but this is a good step and a good club to prove myself at and hopefully I can start playing well again.

“The gaffer plays a lot of young lads here and puts a lot of trust in them, you could see that when I played against them last season.

“The squad is settled already but they’ve made a few signings and look together.

“But it’s nice to be back around here having been away for the last three or four years. I have been up in Burnley and Rochdale so it’s nice to be back down the road.”

Porter came into pre-season slightly behind the rest of the Daggers squad, but he feels up to pace now and hopes he is included in Saturday’s League Two opener against Morecambe.

“I have felt okay in pre-season,” he added. “I came into it a bit late, I was about two weeks behind but with every game I have played I feel a bit fitter and come Saturday I will be ready.

“As soon as you get back into training you can’t wait for the season to start and I am looking forward to Saturday now.”

Porter had some familiar faces around him in the shape of Jamie Cureton from his time at the O’s, while he spent time with Mark Cousins in the loan spell at Colchester.

And that’s a definite bonus for the winger as he looks to settle down at Victoria Road.

“I knew Jamie because he came to Orient when I was there and I knew Billy Bingham and Mark Cousins before,” said Porter.

“I knew a few so it was easy for me to come into the group and get to know the boys. Two weeks ago I didn’t really have a club and I came down to training, played a few pre-season friendlies, got to know the boys and it’s worked out really well.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

12:08
Barkingside boss Matt Frew heads clear against Aveley (pic: amsoul-images.com)

Barkingside end run of eight losses in a row as manager plays for first time since 2012

Sam Saunders of Wycombe Wanderers and Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Warren Hackett reflects on 1-0 loss to Wycombe, Jamie Cureton’s opportunity and overall performance

10:10
Redbridge manager Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge manager anxious as goals dry up at wrong time in the campaign

Yesterday, 16:31
Joe Killingback was on target for Barking against Greenhouse (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Latest news from the Essex Senior League

Most read sport

Here’s how the 2015 general election battle officially got under way.

Not checking Autofill on email meant passport numbers of world leaders were sent to the wrong person.

What happens if there’s an international crisis? Are all MPs now unemployed? And can the Prime Minister still tie any successor’s hands?

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder