came to Meadow Park with a reputation as a highly talented young forward
ableto create chances from nothing and link up play between midfield
and the forwards. He at times showed some fantastic touches playing
for City and his ability to turn on the head of a pin and leave defenders
trailing in his wake has at times seemed nothing short of miraculous.
He's a strong player and for a fairly small bloke can hold the ball
up well, but his time at City was largely an unhappy one full of unfulfilled
promise. On joining City he was worried the fans would expect a prolific
goalscorer and whilst he never really produced sackfuls of goals in
his time at Cinderford even that didn't quite disguise what was a
very disappointing return for a forward, even one not classed as an
out and out goalscorer. His shooting can be sharp and has produced
several impressive precision finishes under pressure to make you wonder
exactly why he doesn't score more often than he does. After a good
start to his City career Daryl began to struggle in the spring of
2005 and never really recovered his confidence. After prolonged spells
of uncertainty over his long-term future and various times when he
seemed to have packed it in at Meadow Park he finally left in the
summer of 2006 to return to Cinderford Town to link back-up with number
one fan Chris Burns.
Daryl made his Southern League bow for Cinderford Town at the tender
age of 16 where his exciting performances won rave reviews from
those in the know and attracted attention from many local clubs.
City had several requests to speak to the player rejected before
Burns finally got his man in October 2004. However the acrimonious
transfer triggered the departure of Andy Hoskins in the opposite
direction, leaving Addis with the daunting task to replace a man
whose strong target play and steady supply of goals had been central
to City's promotion success in 2004.
Addis set some sort of footballing record when he played with his
three brothers for the Cinderford first team. At one point it looked
as if City intended to collect the whole set, but brother defender
Chris signed forms for City in Janaury 2005 without appearing in
Addis initially won over the fans with hard work and willingness
to drop into midfield to look for the ball. He has plenty of crowd
pleasing tricks and can turn defences with a crafty turn despite
not being a particularly quick player. When deciding to have a go
Addis also showed he had a fierce shot but he certainly never shot
as often as he should have and and lacked any of the anticipation
that you'd expect from a predatory striker. Whilst his work rate
was often phenomenal it was often without any end product. Frustratingly
you could see signs of what Addis could offer but as time went on
his confidence just seemed to collapse at City and despite the fans
willing him to produce more he just seemed to retreat into his shell,
producing less and less in front of goal.
One of his strengths was his hold up play with his back to goal,
but he seemed intent to hold the ball up even when through on goal
and too ften slowed up City attacks rather than opening up defences.
A bizarre period shortly before Burns' departure saw him threaten
to leave and then agree to stay on the basis he trained on his own
in the Forest, a decision exacerbated by his reliance on his father
to drive him in to training. Perhaps typically his final departure
was a strange long goodbye, rumoured to have turned up at training
after several weeks of summer pre-season 2006 and then being surprised
to be told to get fit before playing he finally ended up back at
Cinderford Town a few weeks later. Hopefully the drop back down
a division will give Addis a chance to rebuild his confidence and
begin to enjoy his football again.