CRYSTAL Palace striker Dwight Gayle was turning out for Dagenham & Redbridge just two years ago and has thanked former manager John Still for taking a chance on him. The 24-year-old has had a remarkable few years in his footballing career, playing for non-league Stansted before moving to the Daggers in 2011. After impressing in east London via a loan switch to Bishop's Stortford, Peterborough United came calling in 2012, also initially on loan, before making it permanent at the start of last year. After a big money move to Palace last summer, he has ended the season on a high with four goals in the final two games of the season. "It's very surreal to increase up the leagues," said Gayle. "It's just fantastic, I am just pleased. John Still took a chance on me at Dagenham & Redbridge and I am just happy with that. "He helped to improve my game and luckily I can thank him and prove myself in the Premier League. "I still look out for Dagenham's results and I talk to all the boys there. "I really want them to do well, they've had a good season and next season they can push on and get into the play-offs and get promoted." Gayle also praised the current manager at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium, Wayne Burnett. Gayle said: "I haven't been able to speak to Wayne as much as I have wanted to, he's been very busy becoming the manager but he's done a very good first season. He's a good coach."
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