Da­gen­ham farewell to star Sloma

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BYDANNYCARO

LEAGUE 2 Sam Sloma is on the lookout for a new club af­ter Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge de­cided not to re­new his con­tract.

Sloma, who scored the club’s firstever league goal at the start of last sea­son, joined the Es­sex team in July 2006. The GB Mac­cabiah Games player also scored in the club’s penul­ti­mate match of the sea­son, a 3-2 vic­tory at Dar­ling­ton which helped main­tain their League 2 sta­tus.

The left-footer, whose pre­vi­ous clubs in­clude Wim­ble­don, Win­gate & Finch­ley and Thur­rock, re­main­sup­beat­abouthis fu­ture. “I had a bril­liant time at Da­gen­ham,” he said. “We dis­cussed a new con­tract but could not agree terms so de­cided it would be best to go our sep­a­rate ways. It came as a bit of a sur­prise but I be­lieve it is the right time to move on.

“In the end, the team’s style of play did not suit me af­ter we changed our sys­tem. A lot of the boys were sur­prised to see me mov­ing on but I’ll take a few good mem­o­ries away with me.” Daggers boss John Still said: “Sam was hugely in­flu­en­tial in our pro­mo­tional sea­son and I want to thank him for the ser­vice he gave this club and wish him ev­ery suc­cess wher­ever he plays next.” Cur­rently on hol­i­day in Amer­ica, Sloma could be open to of­fers from abroad, but ad­mits: “It would have to be a very good of­fer to take me away from Eng­land. I have spo­ken to a few clubs and am con­fi­dent of be­ing able to clinch a move that will keep me play­ing a good stan­dard of foot­ball. I’ve been in con­tact with a cou­ple of big league clubs and a some am­bi­tious teams in the Con­fer­ence.

“I am still en­joy­ing my foot­ball and am keen to sign a two or three year con­tract for a club that would con­sider let­ting me play at the Mac­cabiah Games next year.”

Plan­ning for his fu­ture, he has set up a nest-egg and re­cently be­came a bro­ker for a new lux­ury car com­pany.

In 2002, Sloma was one of the play­ers forced out at Wim­ble­don who were vic­tims of the failed ITV deal which saw the firm go into ad­min­is­tra­tion. He also played for the Mil­wau­kee Wave United in the Amer­i­can A-League.

St. Al­bans City striker Paul Hakim has com­mit­ted him­self to an­other sea­son at the club. Hakim, 25, scored five league goals in 18 ap­pear­ances in the Blue Square South League af­ter re­join­ing the club, af­ter be­ing re­leased by Steve­nage Bor­ough.

Up­beat: Sam Sloma

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