STAGS MISS OUT ON PETER GAIN
Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club are pleased to announce the signings of Peter Gain from Peterborough.
After fierce competition for his signature, midfielder Peter, has signed a contract with the Daggers until summer 2009.
Peter, born November 1976, started his career at Tottenham Hotspur where he worked his way up to reserve level. Following a three month loan spell at Lincoln City, he moved to Sincil Bank permanent in March 1999 for a fee of £15,000. He made 195 League appearances for the imps then joined Peterborough United during the 2005 close season where he made 69 starts for the London Road side. Although London born, Peter represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level.
The key part of the note above is the 18 month contract. Dearden told CHAD: "It also helped that they offered him an 18-month contract while all I could offer him was this season with another year if we stay in this league. The people here are 'iffing and butting' which league we will be in and not letting me offer 18 month deals but this needs looking at in the next couple of weeks..."
Dagenham's Gain is Mansfield's loss
CHAD.co.uk, 17Jan2008, by John Lomas
MIDFIELDER Peter Gain became Mansfield's loss when he agreed to join Dagenham and Redbridge this afternoon.
The Peterborough midfielder was one of Billy Dearden's main transfer targets after Peterborough United agreed he could leave.
Gain had been in talks with Mansfield and League Two rivals Dagenham and Redbridge and Dearden was confident he would get his man.
But former Lincoln star Gain signed for Dagenham today, though not purely on footballing reasons according to the Stags boss.
"I have been speaking to Peter for a couple of weeks now after I was tipped off he was going to be released," said Dearden.
"I though he would give us a bit of balance down that left hand side of midfield.
"But his parents live down that way and one of them is ill so he decided on Dagenham which I can understand.
"It is not a footballing decision, it is just that will make it easier for him to see them.
"It also helped that they offered him an 18-month contract while all I could offer him was this season with another year if we stay in this league.
"The people here are 'iffing and butting' which league we will be in and not letting me offer 18 month deals but this needs looking at in the next couple of weeks, not just with players I want to bring in but also with players already here who I want to keep.
"I feel we have to be positive."
Dearden is waiting on another couple of phone calls from other irons he has in the fire for loan signings.
"I expect a yes or no from one of them today," he said. "One of them is cup-tied so I may not bring him in before the weekend anyway.
"We have a lot of games coming up in February and need as many bodies on board as we can.
"With nine games in 33 days we need to get one or two players back fit and bring one or two more players into the building.
"It is going to be difficult with injuries and suspensions building up at this time of year.
"I am disappointed not to get anyone in yet. I am fed up with sitting by my phone."
Peterborough Utd Official Site:
Midfielder's Contract Cancelled By Mutual Consent
Peterborough United midfielder Peter Gain has cancelled his contract at London Road by mutual consent and is expected to sign for a League Two club before the weekend.
The former Lincoln City player has held talks with Dagenham and Redbridge and Mansfield Town in the last 48 hours and is expected to make a decision on his future shortly.
The club would like to thank Peter for his efforts and wish him the best in the future.
Date of Birth: 1976-11-11
Place of Birth: Hammersmith
Height: 6'1 ft
Weight: 11st 0lbs
Club: Peterborough (No 14)
Sub On: 0
Sub Off: 0
Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0
Minutes On Pitch: 0
The former Tottenham trainee who has played more than 200 League games for the Red Imps.
Director of football Barry Fry told Peterborough's official website: "Peter was the first player that Mark Wright identified when he came into the club and we are delighted to sign such a good player.
"Peter helped Lincoln get into the play-offs in the last three years and played in the League Two play-off final against Southend in May.
"He is widely respected and is arguably the best left-sided player in League Two. We have been after him for a long time and I am delighted that he has agreed to sign a three-year deal."
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