Date: 1st July 2014 at 8:49pm
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New signing Frankie Raymond has said the opportunity to make the step into the Football League with Dagenham and Redbridge has presented him with a massive opportunity and it was one he simply couldn’t turn down.

Despite not making a first team breakthrough with Reading, Raymond told the Official Site that it was a fantastic experience for him and he had a good education there, and now he’s hoping that he can prove his worth having been given a break by manager Wayne Burnett.

‘It was a good experience, there were a lot of pro footballers there, it was a good learning curve.’

Admitting that making the step up now is going to be a challenge, he feels confident he can make that step having spent the last few days training with our first team and getting to know everybody properly.

‘It’s been tough, but it’s good to finally meet the team. It’s been a big step up and I don’t think anything really prepares you enough for pre season. It’s just good to get fit and get going. I hope I can fit in quickly. I know a couple of the boys here so I think it should be a smooth transition, I just want to get started and help the team this season.’

The youngster ended his first interview with the club by explaining that when the chance presented itself he really couldn’t turn it down, and he knows it’s a massive opportunity now, but he’s grounded enough to know it won’t count for much unless he grabs it with both hands, impresses and makes the most of it in the coming season to earn himself an extended deal with us.