Ebbsfleet striker Cheek pleased to have joined the club

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 August 2018

Michael Cheek of Dagenham during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

Michael Cheek of Dagenham during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

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New Ebbsfleet United signing Michael Cheek feels he is fitting right in at the club after coming off the bench in both matches this week.

The 26-year-old striker arrived at the Fleet two days before the start of the season and in the short time he’s been here, he says he’s glad to have moved across the river, despite only picking up a point in their two opening fixtures.

Daryl McMahon’s side lost 1-0 to Chesterfield on the opening day before nicking a late equaliser to take a 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.

“The lads have been brilliant, I’ve fitted in really well,” Cheek said.

“Obviously I’ve come in late but the lads have taken to me and I’m enjoying it.

“I’ve played against them a few times, I know a couple of them as well.

“It’s a bit of travel for me but I’m glad I’ve come.”

The forward also revealed Fleet did come in for him in January but it wasn’t the right move for him at the time so he opted to stay at Dagenham & Redbridge.

“Ebbsfleet came in in January but I decided to stay at Dagenham,” he said.

“Things weren’t right in January but I’m glad I’m here now and can kick on.

“There’s loads of quality, loads of depth.

“Looking at the bench today and even in the stand, there are so many good players here.

“Hopefully we’ll be up there at the end of the season.”

The former Dagger and Braintree Town man is now hoping to break his way into the first-team and get more chances under manager Daryl McMahon after playing 25 minutes against the O’s on Tuesday.

“Hopefully I can get some more minutes Saturday and my first goal as well.

“I thought I did OK, I obviously had a chance at the end which I missed but I’m glad we got the point as I think we deserved it.

“Only one point but we’ve got to take that into next week now and carry it forward.

“The performances have been there. It was much better today, we’ve just got to carry it on to next Saturday and hopefully get the three points away at Hartlepool.”

The former Dagenham and Braintree striker has hit an average of 22 goals a season for the past seven years.

“I like to always hit double figures by Christmas but we’ll see how we go.”

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