Published: 06:00, 23 August 2019
Norman Wabo is relishing the pressure of senior football following his release from Southend.
The 21-year-old striker joined Dartford on the eve of the new season and scored his first goal for the club last weekend.
He said: “This is something I wanted to do. I wanted to come out and play men’s football.
“It would have been better if it had worked out at Southend but I want to show what I can do on a consistent basis and hopefully get myself back up.
“I’m competitive so this is what I love doing instead of playing under-23s football where everything’s pretty.
“It’s better to go out when there’s a bit of pressure on you and the fans are watching. It tends to bring out the best in me.
“I thrive under pressure and I enjoy it much more than development football.”
Being let go by Southend wasn’t something Wabo had planned for.
“I didn’t know how to react,” he admitted. “It was quite a surprise but I had to dust myself off because it happens in football. It’s about making a career for myself now.
“Dartford spoke to my agent quite early on when they found out I was getting released.
“I was trying to stay in the League but when nothing came of it, I thought Dartford would be the best option for me.
“It was good to get my first goal. I’ve had a few chances to be quite frank!
“I feel like the weight on my shoulders has lifted and I can play freely and get a lot more goals for the club.”