December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Zavon Hines hopes being part of a promotion-winning team last season can rub off on his new Daggers team-mates after signing a one-year deal at Victoria Road.
The 24-year-old was released by League Two play-off winners and League Cup finalists Bradford City at the end of last season and Daggers boss Wayne Burnett has finally managed to sign the former West Ham youngster after his summer long pursuit.
Hines featured in two pre-season friendlies for the club against Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic before going on to trial at Coventry and MK Dons.
And though the winger admitted to some confusion between the club and his agent, he is pleased to be with the Daggers.
“It was a bit of a funny situation, between my agent and the gaffer there was some miscommunication but now I am just happy to be here,” said Hines.
“A lot of things have gone on since then and been said but I am glad to be at the club.”
The former Hammers young player of the year in 2010 was keen to link up with the club after speaking to boss Wayne Burnett and shares the philosophy which the manager wants to bring to the Victoria Road side.
“The main reason was the gaffer,” he added. “He is 100 per cent honest and he’s told me what he wants to do. I like the philosophy that he is trying to make the team play football. That’s the kind of football I like.”
A move back down South was another reason, and to be closer to his family, but feels his time in Yorkshire has helped him grow up as a person and as a footballer.
“I have been away from home so I have had to grow up quicker than most normal people would,” he said. “It’s just made me focus on what I really want in life and what’s important. Three things are important in life for me and that is God, family and football.”
Hines is a familiar face to some of the Daggers, having played against Rhys Murphy, Gavin Hoyte and Abu Ogogo in their younger days for West Ham, when the trio were at Arsenal.
And Hines now for one is glad to be playing alongside them.
“I have played against a few of them in youth teams,” said the former Burnley man.
“Some of them were at Arsenal when I was at West Ham and I’ve played against them a few times so I know them but the other lads have been very welcoming.”
But after tasting success with Bradford last season, the winger, who has played for England at under-21 level, he is hoping to be part of something special with the Daggers.
“Playing with Bradford last year and playing higher up, hopefully I can help the team with my knowledge of the game and working hard,” he added.
“I am here to focus on the team and finish as high as possible in the league and make it a challenge for whoever we face.”
Hines will wear the squad number 41, which he also had when he was at West Ham, and is available for Saturday’s League Two clash with Newport County at Victoria Road.