The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

BOSS Wayne Bur­nett be­lieves Joss Labadie has ‘got the bit be­tween his teeth’ af­ter slot­ting back into the Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge mid­field fol­low­ing a six-month ban.

Labadie was found guilty by the FA of bit­ing Steve­nage de­fender Ron­nie Henry’s hand in March, though he had de­nied the charge.

It was the sec­ond time he had been found guilty of such an of­fence, hav­ing been sus­pended for ten matches and fined £2,000 last year while play­ing for Torquay.

But the 25-year-old made his Dag­gers come­back in their 2-2 draw with­York City at the end of last month, and Bur­nett is con­fi­dent Labadie will seize his fresh chance.

“It’s some­thing he wants to put be­hind him now and get on with his foot­ball,” said Bur­nett. “It’s like bring­ing a new player into the squad.

“He’s been out for a long pe­riod of time but he’s come back and for the last two or three games he has driven the team for­ward.

“He’s got the bit be­tween his teeth, he’s got the hunger, and he wants to get on with his ca­reer now. He’s a young man and he wants to look for­wards now in­stead of back.”

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