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Dagenham & Redbridge defender Scott Doe will make his 200th appearance for the Daggers if he features tomorrow at Hartlepool United, and he hopes it’s not his last milestone at the club.
The 24-year-old is in his fifth season at the club since joining them from Weymouth in March 2009 and the only disappointment for the centre half is that it won’t come in front of the Victoria Road faithful.
“Hopefully I can play on Saturday,” said Doe. “I wanted it to be at home really but I missed a couple of games when I had to go back home, but I looked in the programme against Rochdale and saw it was that so it will be good once I get there.
“The time has flown by, it’s gone so quick and I can’t believe it myself, but it is a good milestone and hopefully I can carry on.”
And having initially signed from the Dorset side, Doe never expected to reach the milestone at one club. “I’m not going to lie, I didn’t really expect it when I first joined,” he added.
“But 200 games is a lot of matches for any club. I wanted to play 200 league games, but I didn’t know I’d have 200 games at Dagenham, but it’s brilliant and I want to keep on playing.”
The obvious highlight for the defender is the Wembley play-off final win over Rotherham United in 2009/10.
And though he’d love to play at the national stadium once again for the Daggers, he feels the squad Wayne Burnett has established is capable of automatic promotion.
“I’ve had more ups than downs, but the play-off semi-finals and final are occasions I’ll never forget,” said Doe.
“No matter what happens, if I move on to another club, I’ll never forget that day.
“I say hopefully we can go there again this year, but I hope we can do it automatically this season and we wouldn’t have to go through the play-offs.
“I think ability and potential wise this is the best squad that I’ve played with. The potential for some of our players is very high.
“We’ve always had organised teams here and maybe a few more older, organised heads which is maybe where Brian Saah has come in and done well.
“But the more these players play over the season the more experience they are going to get and the better they are going to become.”
Rhys Murphy moved to the top of the league goalscoring charts with another in the 3-1 win over Rochdale last weekend, and Doe feels the club have missed a proven goalscorer like the former Arsenal man is proving to be, in recent seasons.
“I think he is exactly what we have missed since we lost Dwight Gayle and before that Paul Benson,” he said of Murphy, who was wanted by tomorrow’s opponents Hartlepool United in the summer.
“We’ve got Rhys scoring, so is Zavon Hines and people are all chipping in, but Rhys is a quality player and hopefully he just keeps going.”