Saunders salutes Daggers fans
Departing Dagenham winger Sam Saunders has saluted the club's fans after completing his move to Brentford.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 19/06/09 12:15pm
Departing Dagenham & Redbridge winger Sam Saunders has saluted the club's fans after he completed his move to League One newcomers Brentford last week.
The 25-year-old joined the Bees alongside fellow Daggers Danny Foster and Ben Strevens after they missed out on a play-off spot on the final day of last season.
He admits that he is relishing the challenge that awaits him at Griffin Park, but first heaped praise on those who made his time at Dagenham so enjoyable.
"I owe Dagenham and John Still a lot and the fans have been brilliant with me since I joined the club," he told skysports.com.
"They don't get a great number of fans coming through the turnstiles, but the ones who do come to the games always give their 100 per cent support and have been a massive part of the club's success.
"It's sad to leave the club because they are on the up at the moment, but it was time to start a new chapter in my career and hopefully the Brentford fans will take to me like the Daggers fans did."
The former Carshalton Athletic midfielder has never played at League One level, but was a trainee at QPR, and he is hoping to take the step up in his stride.
"It's a great opportunity for me to see what I can do in League One," he added.
"Last season we (Dagenham) proved all the doubters wrong and came within a whisker of getting into the play-off mix and this was a chance I couldn't refuse.
"If I turned it down I might never get the chance to play at this level again, so as hard as it was to leave the fans behind I had to make the move to progress my career."