Daniel Quick recently made the move to Billericay Town on loan from Crystal Palace’s U21’s side and he made his debut for Dan Brown’s side in the 1-1 draw away at Folkestone Invicta. Earlier on this season, Quick was on loan at Vanarama National League side Dorking Wanderers where he made four appearances in the first half of the campaign. The 20-year-old was also part of the Crystal Palace senior squad that went on tour to Australia and Singapore in pre-season. I spoke to the new signing about why he wanted to come to the Blues, his experience with the Palace first-team and more.
You recently joined Billericay Town on loan from Crystal Palace after a spell with Vanarama National League side Dorking Wanderers. What made you want to become a Blue?
‘I wanted to come to Billericay Town and play regular first-team football. After coming to watch a few games, the team play a good style of football that suits me and I think I can come here and make a good impact.’
You have joined the squad halfway through the season with the Blues currently sitting just outside of the play-off places. As a recent arrival, how would you assess the squad that you are coming into?
‘The team are in good form as of late and are playing with a lot of confidence. There is a lot of healthy competition in the team which I think is a great environment to come into and it will help with pushing for the play-offs this season.’
What type of player would you say you are and what can the Billericay fans expect from you this season?
‘I would say that I am a good passer on the ball, and a physical and competitive player that will do my best for the team and to always try and find the three points.’
In the first half of the season, you were at Dorking Wanderers. How would you summarise your time on loan there?
‘On the whole, I enjoyed my time at Dorking Wanderers. I learnt from the experience and it was a good eye opener into first-team football. Although I didn’t get as many games as I would have wanted, I thought it was a good introduction into the competitive first-team football environment.’
You have risen through the ranks at Crystal Palace and you were part of the senior squad that went on tour to Australia and Singapore in pre-season. What was that experience like to be in-and-around a first-team set-up?
‘It was an unforgettable experience and I was very grateful to get the opportunity to go there with them and be involved in the games. I was able to work closely with players of such high calibre and see what they do on a day-to-day basis and see for myself what it takes to get to the very top.’
Is promotion back to the National League South the goal this season?
‘I think getting to the National League South is an achievable goal that we all have in mind and it is where the club deserves to be.’
You will be returning to Crystal Palace at the end of the season, what are your long-term goals in football?
‘In the long-term in football, I want to be playing in the Premier League and become an international player.’
A massive thank you to Daniel Quick (@danielquick_ on Instagram) for making the time for this interview.