Pullen: I'll cut it at Daggers

JAMES Pullen has signed a three-month loan deal for Conference League Dagenham and Redbridge with a hope that Nationwide League clubs will come and look at him.

By Dave Allard

JAMES Pullen has signed a three-month loan deal for Conference League Dagenham and Redbridge with a hope that Nationwide League clubs will come and look at him.

The 21-year-old keeper, who was given a free transfer by Ipswich at the end of last season, made his debut for the Daggers in Saturday's 3-0 pre-season friendly defeat to Second Division Queen's Park Rangers at the Victoria Ground.

He was impressive despite letting in a trio of goals and will make his league debut for Gary Hill's side in next Saturday's away game at Leigh RMI.

Pullen, who has made two senior Town appearances, said today: "I've opted to go for three months to see what happens. I need to get regular games under my belt.

"Gary Hill is keen to keep me, but he understands that ideally I want a Nationwide League club and hopefully scouts will comes and watch me at Dagenham."

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The former Heybridge Swifts stopper, who once played 19 games for Blackpool during a season at Bloomfield Road on loan, continued: "I'm so determined to do well at Dagenham and we'll have to wait and see how it goes.

"I can't describe how gutted I was when I heard that Ipswich were giving me a free transfer," says Pullen, who still has a year left on his Portman Road contract.

He continued: "I was hurt, really hurt by the Town decision on me., but I've just got to get on with it and at the moment the three months at Dagenham suits me. If I'm going to make the deal with them permanent I need to be a hundred per cent certain.

"All I know is that at the moment I need to be playing games and am looking forward to the new season."

Pullen made his senior debut for Town in the 3-1 Worthington Cup home win over Premiership Middlesbrough last November.

His only other senior outing brought a Blues league debut in the 2-2 home draw with Grimsby in late February.

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