the daggers voice
It's that time of year. When you fret about your star player leaving in the January window for a bigger club to such an extent you almost don't want them to do well. In past years it's been Dwight Gayle, it's been Rhys Murphy and it's been Jodi Jones. And this year, it's super Oliver Hawkins whose potential departure we're dreading.
Hawkins is our main player; he scores goals, he sets up goals, he can defend. He's strong in the air, confident on the ball. He's a top-quality prospect who, with a huge frame, is the league's top scorer. Basically, if you cross the ball to Hawkins, expect the ball to go into the net.
For the whole of this year, 'Hawks' has been the subject of interest from a number of clubs, mainly Brighton. I'd absolutely hate for him to leave as our promotion hopes will quickly crumble. Thankfully, he's not been injured, as we would miss him massively.
But, knowing the financial situation we're in, any offer will presumably be accepted - so unfortunately we should prepare for the worst. Even if, worst case scenario, Ollie does leave - then I'll always have the memory of him levelling the scores at FGR with a beautiful header.
And, when he does move on, I'll be proud to see another Dagger rise through the leagues.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.