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Dartford winger Toby Ajala waiting patiently for first start

By Matthew Panting

Toby Ajala has admitted he needs to be patient before getting his chance at Dartford.

Darts have made a flying start to the season, meaning the winger has been limited to substitute appearances since joining last month.

“I need to make my way into the team,” said Ajala. “It’s been hard with the team winning but I have to be patient and hopefully I’ll get my chance sooner rather than later.

Toby Ajala in action for Dover last year. Picture: Tony Flashman
Toby Ajala in action for Dover last year. Picture: Tony Flashman

“It’s a good bunch of lads here. Everyone gets on and wants to work hard – that’s the recipe you need to succeed.”

Ajala has put the possibility of playing in Sweden and Norway on hold in a bid to recapture his best form with Dartford.

He was hot property only a few seasons ago at National League level after an excellent season with Torquay and moves to Dover and Gateshead followed.

He said: “I want to get my head down. I haven’t lost my way in terms of how I feel and my game play.

“But football is down to who you know. I’m here for now, hopefully I will get my chance and get back to where I was.”

Ajala turned out for Welling at the start of the season but his stay lasted just 45 minutes, with Wings boss Jamie Coyle voicing concerns over the player’s fitness.

“I played a game for Welling as well, the first game of the season at Truro,” said Ajala.

“I’m not sure what’s going on down there. That was it with me for them for some reason but that’s down to them and their board down there.

“They said I wasn’t fit but to be honest I’m naturally fit. It was just playing games to get that extra sharpness.

“If we did a bleep test tomorrow with the whole team, I’d probably be first or second.

“Fitness isn’t an issue for me. It’s football, people give excuses and whether they’re true or not, who knows?”

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