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There were offers elsewhere for Chris Dickson but he admitted it was hard to turn down the manager which helped pave his way into the professional game.
Dickson was scoring plenty of goals in non league at Erith & Belvedere before joining Dulwich Hamlet to begin his association with Daggers boss Wayne Burnett,
But then came his big break at Charlton Athletic and while he has taken in the sights of Cyprus and most recently China, he is pleased to be back in England and under the leadership of Burnett once more.
“I had a few options here and abroad but a lot of it had to do with my family,” he said.
“I’ve been away for three years and I feel now is the time to come back and settle down, get my head down back in English football.“But throughout the whole time I have been pursued by the gaffer and if not him, Jim Dean who is also down here.
“I think everyone knows my relationship with the manager is second to none in regards to giving me plaudits and he is one of the reasons why I am a professional footballer.
“I owe a debt of gratitude to him to be fair and that’s probably one of the reasons why I am back here.”
Dickson at the age of 28 becomes the oldest member of the Daggers squad, alongside fellow striker Josh Scott.
And though that’s quite daunting for the former Charlton man, he believes that both his experience and eye for goal will see him settle at the club in no time.
“I am the old head here but I still feel young at heart and that’s the main thing,” he added.
“My job is to come here and get in the first team and score as many goals as possible to help the club.
“It’ll be a challenge in itself to get into the team though. The players here have set a standard and anyone that comes into this club has got to try and better it if they want to stay in the team and that’s what I want to do.”
Dickson first worked with Burnett six years ago at Dulwich and it’s been a whirlwind which has seen him capped twice by Ghana as well as the spells in Cyprus and China.
But does the striker think the Daggers boss is getting a better player than the one which left Dulwich for Charlton?
“I’d say he’s getting a more experienced player, a player that has seen the game now and knows how it’s played,” said Dickson.
“I am not as raw as what I used to be but I still have an eye for goal and I still have a hunger for the game and want to do as much as I can to help the players around me.
“I think Wayne is one of the best managers in the game to get that out of me, he is always challenging you, setting tasks for you and always trying to give you a kick up the backside and that’s what I needed.”
Dickson will have to wait though for his Daggers debut, with international clearance not received in time for him to feature at Accrington tonight, though it’s hoped it he will be able to play a part in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Southend United.