Daggers a draw for Jaimie

JAMIE Guy has had just one start and a combined total of 108 minutes to prove himself at Colchester United this season.

Carl Marston

JAMIE Guy has had just one start and a combined total of 108 minutes to prove himself at Colchester United this season.

Now the 22-year-old, overlooked by the play-off chasing U's, is hoping to end the campaign at his current club Dagenham & Redbridge.

Guy signed on loan for the Daggers on March 3, and he has become an immediate hit with the League Two club after scoring the winner at Port Vale on Tuesday night.

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Front-runner Guy, who was born at nearby Barking and used to go to school in Dagenham, headed home Matt Ritchie's 25th minute cross to seal a 1-0 win at Vale Park - it was the Daggers' first win in seven matches.

He is currently on loan at Victoria Road for one month, but he wouldn't mind extending that deal until the end of the season, not least because he is behind the likes of Clive Platt, Steven Gillespie and Scott Vernon in the strikers' pecking order at the Community Stadium.

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“I would be interested in extending the loan. I've still got another year left on my contract at Colchester, but if something was to be done in the future, then I wouldn't rule it out,” admitted Guy.

“When the chance came to move to Daggers, I jumped at the opportunity.

“It's down to Colchester whether I stay, but if I'm here until the end of the season, then I'll be looking to score about eight to 10 goals.”

Guy was handed only the second league start of his Colchester career at Walsall a month ago, but it turned into a nightmare for the bustling striker.

He missed two one-on-one situations with the keeper and then lost a contact lense, which forced his withdrawal at half-time because he didn't have a spare set of lenses. The U's also lost 2-0. He had appeared as a second-half substitute in the previous three games,

Guy has actually moved from one play-off hopeful to another. The Daggers are six points adrift of the League Two play-off zone, and they face a tough test at Chesterfield tomorrow.

Meanwhile, his parent club Colchester look like being unchanged for tomorrow's home game against Crewe, even though recent injury victims Mark Yeates, Lewis Gobern and Johnnie Jackson all trained yesterday.

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