July 31 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Jordan Seabright is keen to prove he’s up to the task of regular football as he looks to earn a new contract with the club.
The 19-year-old made only his second league start of the season in the 1-0 home defeat against Chesterfield on Monday, and will be given the final two games of the campaign to impress manager Wayne Burnett.
Seabright has had to bide his time behind Daggers number one Chris Lewington, but now he has got the chance, the former Bournemouth youngster is keen to make full use of it and extend his stay at Victoria Road.
“Any goalkeeper will tell you that it’s difficult and you have got to play the long game and be patient,” said Seabright.
“When your chance does come you have got to take it, there’s no other way about it. I have got to grab my chance, which is what it is all about.
“I am out of contract in the summer and it’s up to me to play well to make the gaffer want to offer me a new one. It’s in my hands.
He added: “I have got to prove I am mature enough to play week in, week out. I have to prove to the staff and the other players that I am ready.
“I have been patient. I think most goalkeepers go through it in their career, especially at a young age. I am only 19, nearly 20, and I just want to play every week. Every player is the same.”
Next up for the Daggers is their final home game of the season, and it comes against a Northampton Town side still fighting for their lives to preserve their spot in the Football League.
Burnett’s side may not having anything left to play for themselves, but Seabright says Daggers have not got their flip flops on already and thinking of their holidays. “Our mindset doesn’t change,” he added.
“We want to win every game and finish as high as possible. We’ve avoided relegation like we did last season, but we want to finish as high as we can.
“None of us feel as though there is nothing to play for. It’s a big game for them and for us, obviously it’s down the road and they will have a few fans.
“They are fighting to stay up and hopefully we can get the win.”
Seabright grabbed the chance with both hands on Monday, putting in a solid display and producing several good saves throughout the contest to keep the Spireites at bay for the most part.
His goal was breached once, but he felt it was at the other end where the Daggers fell short.
He added: “Personally I was pleased with my own performance, but the result isn’t the one we are looking for so that’s disappointing.
“But we didn’t really test their goalkeeper enough.”