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Damien Batt

Damian Batt
Norwich Career: 2001-2004 (Academy)
Current Club: Dagenham & Redbridge
Date of Birth: 16/09/1984 (Hoddesdon)
Nationality: English

Biography

Damien Batt is a right sided defender from north London, who opted for Norwich even though his signature was sought by London clubs. Sammy Morgan stated that Batt" is evolving into a right-back although he could still play at centre-half. He has a good touch, he's quick, he's a good athlete and again he has been with us a long time and made a lot of sacrifices to travel back and forth from an early age."

He scored Norwich's first goal in the 2-1 FA Youth Cup victory over last season's champions Aston Villa on 2nd December 2002. He accompanied the first team during the 2003 pre-season tour to Holland and prior to the signing of Marc Edworthy, was acting as second choice right back behind Keith Briggs. Academy Director Sammy Morgan said in the summer of 2003 that "Damian is an exciting right back and is very good at going forward. My advice to him has been to tighten up his game defensively. If he can get that consistency of performance like Adam Drury, his extra talents going forward will stand him in good stead. But first and foremost he has to get that consistency as a defender."

At the end of January 2004, Norwich announced that Damian, along with Greg Crane and David Chick, would not be offered professional terms by the Canaries. Damian trained with Wycombe during the second week of February 2004, and played all of their reserve team clash with Oxford - his form suggesting that Wycombe would take another look at him. He then played for Cheltenham's reserves, also against Oxford, and won 5-1 - leading to a repeat trial the following week. He returned to Wycombe playing in their reserves on 9th March against Southampton, who fielded Darren Kenton in their line-up. Southampton won 4-0. Damien also had a trial with Bournemouth but to no avail

In the summer of 2004, Damien signed for Football Conference South side Redbridge. Redbridge's poor start to the season saw Damien released after the first two weeks. Rumour had it that Rushden & Diamonds offered him a short term contract but in fact he signed for Barnet on 27th September 2004, making his debut the following day in the 3-1 victory over Stevenage in the LDV Vans Trophy. Barnet won the Conference title in 2004/5 and returned to the Football League.

On 10th May 2006, Barnet announced that they would not be retaining Damien for the following season. He signed for St Albans City at the end of August 2006. At the end of January 2007, Damian joined Stevenage. In September 2007, Damien was loaned to St Albans for three months. In February 2008, he was loaned to Woking

On 5th August 2008, he signed for Conference South side Fisher Athletic who ironically had just sold his brother Shaun to Peterborough. He was one of three signings that Fisher made that day - the others being fellow midfielders Joe Howe and Chris Saunders.

At the end of October 2008, Damien signed for Grays Athletic. He moved to Oxford United in January 2009 and helped them back into the Football League in May 2010 when Oxford beat York in the Conference Play-off Final.

Damian was one of 12 players released by Oxford on 2nd May 2013. he had made 177 appearances for Oxford.

In the summer of 2013, Batt joined Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps on trial. When that did not materialise, he returned to England and retired from professional football to concentrate on his own business interests. He signed for non-league Eastleigh on 9th September 2013. Eastleigh play in the Conference South.

He was released by Eastleigh on 30th January 2014.

Batt signed a two year contract with Dagenham & Redbridge on 24th June 2014. He previously worked with Dagenham boss Wayne Burnett at Fisher Athletic.


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