White delighted to be back at Wealdstone, hoping to get among goals yet again

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 August 2018

Joe White of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Portsmouth at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Joe White of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Portsmouth at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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In an article from our ‘Kick-Off’ pullout, Wealdstone striker Joe White previews the Vanarama National League South season

A lot has changed at Wealdstone since striker Joe White was last with the Vanarama National League South outfit.

Then at Dagenham & Redbridge, White had a loan spell with Stones in the 2016/17 season and netted six goals in 17 appearances for the Grosvenor Vale club.

After returning to Daggers, White was sold to Sky Bet League Two side Stevenage in January this year.

But making just three league appearances at the back end of last term, White has been allowed out on loan to continue his development.

In returning to Wealdstone, White will be hoping to replicate the success of his first spell, albeit under a new manager.

In his first stint with the club, the young forward played under Gordon Bartlett, who stepped down in August last year and was replaced in the dugout by Bobby Wilkinson.

There has been plenty of change to the playing squad too, but the aim remains the same for White – to score as many goals as he can while at Wealdstone.

“I was meant to be going out on loan this season to get some games under my belt,” White told the club website.

“When I heard Wealdstone were interested, I asked if I could be loaned back to the club.

“I had such a great time here before and loved playing in front of the fans, which was a big factor in me coming back.

“It’s just Jonathan North and Danny Green that are still here from when I was here before, but the boys have been great working with me in training. It’s part of football and people move on and things change, but I’m glad to be back.”

White’s first spell with Stones was certainly beneficial for both parties, with the youngster going on to make his first-team debut for Daggers after returning from it.

And reflecting on his previous stint at Grosvenor Vale, White was delighted with what he got out of it, believing it helped him develop as a player and person.

“My last loan spell helped me mature an untold amount because I was still a scholar at Dagenham at the time,” he added.

“It was my first experience of playing men’s football, so that was a big learning curve for me.

“I went home after the first few games a bit battered and bruised, but I really enjoyed it and now I’m back, hopefully I can get some more games under my belt.”

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