Daggers on trail of hot-shot Ollie Mann
League One side Dagenham & Redbridge are on the trail of Ridgeons League hot-shot Ollie Mann.
Manager John Still and scout Mick Loughton watched Mann in action for Brantham Athletic in last Saturday’s 2-1 Premier Division defeat at home to Great Yarmouth Town.
The Dagenham & Redbridge duo took advantage of a rare Saturday’s inactivity – the Daggers were in action on Friday and Monday over the Easter period – to see Mann at first hand.
They saw the prolific striker notch his 37th league goal of the season - one more than he netted as Brantham won promotion from Division One last season – and produce an impressive display.
Former Colchester United, Ipswich Town and Norwich City coach Steve Foley, who has been a regular visitor to the Brantham Leisure Centre to keep a close eye on Mann’s progress this season, was also among the crowd last Saturday.
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The 21-year-old is also believed to be attracting the interest of League One Leyton Orient and League Two Southend United – but he will come at a price for whoever decides to take the plunge and try to sign him.
Mann, who is under contract to Brantham until the end of next season, is believed to have a �20,000 price tag on his head as Brantham, not surprisingly, bid to cash in on their prize asset should he leave at the end of this season.
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Non-league clubs have had Mann on their radar for some time, with Blue Square Bet South champions Braintree Town, Ryman League Division One North promotion-seeking Needham Market and Ridgeons League champions Leiston all thought to have monitored his performances during the course of the current campaign. Earlier this month Brantham boss Tony Hall poured cold water on rumours linking Ipswich Town with a move for his star striker, after speculation that a Championship side were interested in signing him.
Mann, who lives in Lawford, said last month: “I am very ambitious, but I don’t know who has been watching me. I am happy here at the moment, but I would not turn down the opportunity to play at a higher level if the chance comes along.”