The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

COM­MON­WEALTH cham­pion Dal­ton Grant has been added to the Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge back­room staff and hopes his ex­pe­ri­ence of deal­ing with high-pres­sure sit­u­a­tions can rub off on the play­ers.

The for­mer high jumper won gold when Kuala Lumpur staged the Games in 1998. He also com­peted at three Olympics.

Re­cently, he has worked with in­di­vid­ual play­ers in­clud­ing Lu­ton Town’s highly-rated for­mer West Ham mid­fielder, Pelly Rud­dock Mpanzu, and Mans­field for­ward Rak­ish Bing­ham.

But Grant now be­lieves he can make a no­table dif­fer­ence to the whole of Wayne Bur­nett’s League Two squad at Vic­to­ria Road.

“I’ve worked with foot­ball play­ers on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis for quite some time now, but hope­fully I can pro­vide ex­tra support to the team and add some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent to what the club al­ready has,” said the 48-year-old.

“As an ath­lete I had to deal with plenty of pres­sure and hope­fully the play­ers will want to learn from my ex­pe­ri­ences at the top level.

“It’s a very tal­ented bunch of play­ers at the club, but you can’t be com­pla­cent.

“For some play­ers it may just be a few lit­tle things that need work­ing on.

“It’s all in the de­tail, but hope­fully I can have a good im­pact on the squad.”

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GRANT PAYS OFF: For­mer Olympic and Com­mon­wealth Games high jumper Dal­ton Grant is work­ing with League Two Da­gen­ham

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