5 REASONS WHY... GEORGE SAUNDERS
The signing of George Saunders sparked excitement on Friday on stats alone - the young talent impressed. But what other reasons are there for him being such a great signing - here are 5 below:
1. YOUNG, LOCAL TALENT
George spent 3 seasons at Billericay Town in their youth side before joining Harold Hill in the Essex Olympian League in 2016. He then went to Kelvedon Hatch at the start of 2017/18 where he quickly established himself in their first team, and was a regular last season. George stepped up four divisions to play for Hornchurch in the pre-season matches, and, although only 19, made a number of impressive appearances.
George made his debut for Hornchurch on 11th August 2018 in a 3-0 home win vs Leatherhead. He had an outstanding match, setting up Hornchurch’s 3rd goal.
The fact he is young means he has plenty of time to progress but also young is synonymous with fearlessness in the sporting arena and let’s hope he can bring that to the side - an element of risk.
As after all, football is a balance of risks, and the rewards are brilliant when they pay off. The local factor is of course also brilliant as it gives young players in the area, young Daggers supporters perhaps, that player to aspire to.
2. GREAT STATS
He had a fantastic first season at Hornchurch (2018/19), making 44 appearances and being voted Players’ player of the year. In 2019/20 George continued his superb form, making a further 40 appearances, scoring on 4 occasions and setting up a further 25 goals.
It’s clear fitness isn’t an issue for him, being a near ever-present for the Urchins for the past two campaigns. Also his goal involvement statistics, well, they speak for themselves - fantastic!
3. PLAYERS’ APPROVAL
He had a fantastic first season at the club, being voted Players’ player of the year, this accolade so often held in the highest regard as far as accolades go.
But that’s not the only praise he’s received from fellow teammates as I spoke to Nathan Cooper, Hornchurch Captain, he gave a few words on George Saunders.
“An exciting young winger with a dangerous delivery on him. Have seen him skip past full backs and put the ball on a plate. Expecting him to relish and excited to see how good he can be.”
4. FANS’ APPROVAL
I also spoke to Urchins supporter, James Old (Instagram @jamesold16), to find out more about George Saunders and below you can see the impression he had on supporters:
“As much as it pains me to see George go, he deserves a shot higher up; and personally, I feel the Vanarama National is perfect for that. Rumours floated around before the season was halted about George having a trial at Premier League side, Crystal Palace. Whether this is true or not, it made the inevitability of his move away to a higher tier grow. The spark he provides on the wing is immense, he can shift a game in an instant, which was highlighted this season for us.
His ability to beat his man was key to Hornchurch’s scoring success, along with his quality pace. If he is ready to make this step up to a higher, conference level of football, Daggers fans will be on cloud nine! He has it in his locker to help Dagenham & Redbridge float further from the relegation battle, and improve on your 18th place this season.
I am gutted to see him go, but can’t wait to see him progress as a footballer, and with him being so young, the future is bright for this lad.”
Some high praise from teammates and fans alike so George is hopefully going to be a hit with Dagenham fans!
5. A TRUE DAGGER
The new recruit stood in ‘The Sieve’ sas a young boy with his Dad for that magical League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley - cheering on the Daggers - age 12!
It’s also clear to see he is a Daggers fan as he seemed over the moon to sign in his interview with Daggers TV - Saunders couldn’t stop smiling!
He also made it clear he’d give his all for the shirt and do all he can to replicate his figures from years gone by. Although, McMahon put his foot on the brake pedal, and urged fans to be patient and not to expect too much straight away.
Nevertheless, Saunders is a real talent and exciting signing which is a view many a Dagenham fan has echoed - saying it has taken them back to when Still got players from the lower reaches and they went on to be Football League players.
Finally, on Jacob Ranson’s Interview with Mark Stimson, Hornchurch manager, and Stimson ran out of superlatives for George. He believes Saunders can make it to the very top and is surprised the winger didn’t sign for a League One or Two club.
So there you have it, 5 reasons why Saunders was a fantastic signing for the Daggers!
Let’s hope for more of the same as we continue to cry out for quality up top.
Thanks for reading,
Keane COYD ❤️💙⚔️