Wilkinson O's Exit Won't Change Daggers' Plans

Dagenham have told supporters that their ambition hasn’t changed despite allowing one of their star players to go.

Big things were expected of 24-year-old striker Conor Wilkinson next season as Peter Taylor plotted a promotion push.

But he has now signed for Leyton Orient as the EFL newcomers look to fill Macauley Bonne’s boots after his switch to Charlton.

Talented Wilkinson scored 13 National League goals in 23 outings - and the East Londoners were ready to unleash him again next term.

Executive Chairman Peter B. Freund has released a statement allying fans’ fears - and says they will sign a quality replacement.

He told the club’s website: “When we signed Conor on a permanent contract in January it was with one eye on this season but also to help keep the club up, and by all measures he was as big a factor in that as anyone in the squad.

“That said, in order to extend his contract, we were forced to put in a buy-out clause which we never were happy about, but was a condition of him signing.

“The news that Conor is moving on is bittersweet, as we are thrilled he will have a chance to star in the Football League, but gutted he won’t be part of our plans for the club.

“I can assure you we are doing everything we can to sign multiple players this off-season and are 100 per cent committed to putting a team on the pitch that will help lead us to our goal of promotion.

“All we can ask for from you, our fans and supporters, is to be patient - but we absolutely share your frustration with this news.”

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