December 6 2013 Latest news:
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Wayne Burnett may have a young side at his disposal but six of the squad now have over 100 appearances for the club.
Medy Elito is the latest addition to that list after the 23-year-old midfielder came on for the final few minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Cheltenham Town last week.
But that came as a surprise to the former England under-17 and 19 international, so much so that he thought he was nowhere the three figure mark.
“I never felt like I had reached 100 appearances, I felt it was a lot less than that,” said Elito.
“But I was happy to reach the milestone. I am so young and seeing that I have reached that amount is a big thing for me. Hopefully I can continue to play games for Dagenham and kick on further.”
Elito joins Chris Lewington, Scott Doe, Femi Ilesanmi, Abu Ogogo and Josh Scott in those that have made over a century of appearances for the club.
And while the squad has a youthful look to it with the likes of Academy graduate Jack Connors and Affy Obafemi playing leading roles to date, Elito feels it has the right blend of youth and experience.
“Scott and Abu have been playing for a long time and even Femi has over 100 games now and it’s a good team,” he added.
“Sometimes you need that experience and knowing they have played a lot of games they have got that experience under the belt can always help. We know how to cope with things when it gets difficult.
“There are a lot of good players in the team. It’s definitely better than last season and a lot of players are competing for places.”
In Elito’s century at Victoria Road he’s had the experiences of both League One and League Two football.
But Elito feels there’s little difference between the two divisions and if the Daggers can continue to play above and beyond the expectations of many there’s no reason why they couldn’t win promotion.
“There’s not a lot of difference between the two but you always get teams that are well organised and keep the ball well so we work on that a lot in training,” he added.
“Whatever division you are in you have to go into every game thinking you can get a result so that’s what we do.
“I know what we are capable of and the gaffer has got so much faith in us that he thinks we can achieve beyond our expectations. I think we’ll be able to do that, we just have to kick on from Saturday and get on another unbeaten run.”
The former Colchester man had started the first seven games of the season for the Daggers, but of late has had to settle for a role off the substitutes’ bench.
And though he’s found himself on the periphery, he’s determined to force his way back into the starting XI.
“It’s always hard coming on and when I have done that I felt I have done alright but I had a little bad spell against Mansfield,” he said.
“But I am always working on hard to get back in the team and I know if I continue to work hard I know I’ll be back in the team.”