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Friday, February 14, 2014
Skipper Abu Ogogo will join the 200-club if he makes an appearance for the Daggers at Burton Albion on Saturday, and the midfielder can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by!
The 24-year-old joined the club back in the summer of 2009, with both Ogogo and defender Scott Doe the only two that remain at Victoria Road from the team that started the 2009-10 League Two play-off final win against Rotherham United.
And the 200 appearance landmark is something he didn’t even realise was just around the corner!
“I didn’t realise I was that close. I knew I had over 100, but I had no idea I was anywhere near the 200 mark,” said a surprised Ogogo.
“It’s pleasing to have had so many games at the club and hopefully this isn’t the last landmark. To be captain of this side makes it extra special.
“The five years have gone so quick, but I have been fortunate enough to stay fit for most of that time and hopefully I can keep the good record up.”
While the likes of Rhys Murphy and Zavon Hines have often taken the limelight this season, it’s been the skipper who has gone about his business under the radar.
His move into midfield has also turned him into a goal-machine – netting eight so far this season – and that’s in comparison to just five in 165 games before the start of the current campaign.
It’s a remarkable turnaround in fortunes from scoring three own goals last season, but Ogogo believes it wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work he’s put in on the training ground.
“I’ve said before that I always felt midfield was my most effective position,” he added.
“I’m thankful the gaffer has allowed me the chance to play there and it’s probably been my best season in terms of consistent performances. I’ve added the goals this season and it’s always nice to have an impact.
“I’ve put in the extra work before and after training and at the moment I just seem to be in the right place at the right time.”
The play-off final win will always be in his memory, but there are a couple of other occasions he’s also fond of.
“It would take a lot to beat that final, but the 6-0 home win in the semi-finals over Morecambe is right up there,” said Ogogo.
“But to gain the honour of captaining this side makes me feel immensely proud.”