Adeoye Yusuff: Dagenham striker still a waiter despite turning pro

Adeoye Yusuff
Yusuff scored 24 goals in 38 appearances for Chatham Town before joining Dagenham

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Adeoye Yusuff is still working as a waiter, despite signing a professional deal with the League Two club.

The 20-year-old joined the Daggers from non-league Chatham Town last week.

"I am working some of my notice," Yusuff told BBC London 94.9. "I didn't want to just leave because I had the opportunity.

"I am a humble boy and everything I do is just a reflection of me and what kind of person I am."

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Adeoye Yusuff:
"Being full-time is what everyone who plays football dreams of. To become a professional footballer just means the world to me. Hopefully this can just be the beginning of my journey."

Yusuff scored 24 goals in 38 appearances during a 10-month spell with Isthmian League North side Chatham, while also working at a restaurant.

Even after signing for the Daggers on Friday, he returned to work at Wagamama in Kent before making his debut from the bench against Cambridge on Saturday.

"When I signed my contract on Friday I had to call them and say I was going to be a bit late," he said. "They were fine with it, so that was great.

"From signing I went back and worked until about midnight. The next morning I got the train to Dagenham East, came to the stadium and made my debut. It was just a whirlwind couple of days.

"I am still there at the moment and am going into work on Thursday."

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Yusuff grateful for Dagenham chance

Yusuff began his career in the youth ranks at Stevenage, but left without making a senior appearance and has had spells with non-league sides Banbury United, St Neots Town and AFC Hornchurch.

He is grateful Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett has given him the chance to play professional football.

"Being full-time is what everyone who plays football dreams of. To become a professional footballer just means the world to me," said Yusuff.

"Now it has come I am relishing the opportunity to come into each game and try and better myself as a footballer. Hopefully this can just be the beginning of my journey."

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