Christian Doidge ay his unveiling (Photo: Dagenham & Redbridge FC)
Carmarthen Town have announced that forward Christian Doidge, 21, has completed his transfer to Football League 2 side Dagenham & Redbridge. Following a successful trial period at the East London club Doidge put pen to paper late last night. Both clubs have agreed that the transfer fee will remain undisclosed.
Speaking to his new club, the striker said; “I’m really happy and it’s a dream come true really as I’ve always wanted to play in the Football League.
“I got released by Bristol Rovers when I was 15 and played basketball for a bit, but I went back to football as I love the game. I then made my way back up through the Welsh Leagues and ended up at Carmarthen."
While at school Doidge was picked up by the famous Southampton Youth Academy where he spent three years. The 6’2” striker had not then fully grown and he was released by the Saints who felt he would not be tall enough as a centre-forward.
Christian then moved to the Bristol Rovers youth team for two years before going on to play in the Welsh League for Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran Celtic and Barry Town. Carmarthen Town Manager Mark Aizlewood spotted his potential and Christian signed for the Old Gold eighteen months ago.
He becomes the fifth Carmarthen player to move into the Football League following Mark Delaney (Cardiff City & Aston Villa), Martyn Giles (Hereford United), Kaid Mohamed (Swindon Town) and Gethin Jones (Cardiff City).
In his time at Carmarthen, Christian made 43 appearances (nine of which were as a substitute) and scored 19 goals.
Carmarthen Town chairman Jeff Thomas was sorry to see Doidge leave the club but realised that he could not stand in Christian’s way. “We have had a number of Football League club scouts looking at Christian over the past twelve months with five of the clubs expressing an interest,” said Thomas.
“As a club we pride ourselves on being able to develop players, not only to play in the Welsh Premier League but also for them to go onwards and upwards to higher things.”
Without doubt Christian Doidge is the finest footballer I have ever seen in the air and that is from the International level downwards. He has the potential to go all the way to the very top.
Mark Aizlewood was high in his praise for Doidge. “From the first time I saw him play I was convinced that we could turn him into a Football League player. Once we brought him to Richmond Park we worked on him. His attitude has been first-class and he has wanted to learn all the time.”
“Without doubt Christian Doidge is the finest footballer I have ever seen in the air and that is from the International level downwards. He has the potential to go all the way to the very top.”
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