Date: 6th June 2014 at 7:07pm
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Defender Luke Wilkinson has said he’s looking for a fresh challenge next season after submitting a transfer request to Dagenham and Redbridge.

Speaking to London24 he admitted that it had been a frustrating season for him as injury interrupted his pre season preparations and then he obviously fell behind others in the pecking order.

Having sat down and spoken with manager Wayne Burnett the player admitted that he had submitted a transfer request and the club had duly accepted it, however should he not be able to secure a move away from the club, he has already assured the gaffer that he will return next season ready to fight for his place.

The 23 year old former Player of the Year explained.

‘I didn’t play as much as a I wanted to last season. Brian Saah and Scott Doe were playing well and then Ian Gayle came in as well and I was dropped. I felt squeezed out a little bit, but that’s not a problem and I’ll fight for my place if nothing comes along, I just feel I need a fresh start elsewhere.’

The season didn’t go as planned with him picking up a groin injury in pre season, and he knows he effectively spent the whole campaign trying to play catch up when it came to fitness, sharpness and form.

‘Having been player of the year the season before I was looking forward to the new campaign. Injuries didn’t help me and I missed the whole pre season. That was difficult.’

With Wilkinson having 12 months remaining on his current deal, he also didn’t rule out the potential to go out on loan to impress a potential new club should Dagenham be willing, but I suppose it depends on what interest comes in for him.