Loanee Price keen to get Leyton Orient moving up the table
17:59 17 October 2014
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Leyton Orient loanee Jack Price admits he was shocked to see the O’s so low when he joined, but hopes to leave them in a much better state.
The 21-year-old joined the Brisbane Road side for a three-month spell last week from Championship side Wolves after a month at fellow League One side Yeovil Town.
He made his debut in the 2-2 draw at Sheffield United last weekend, providing the assist for Romain Vincelot’s late equaliser, and while Price admitted he was surprised to come straight into the starting line-up, he was pleased to get his spell up and running with a point.
“It was nice to get an assist in my first game and it was just important to get the goal and the point,” said Price.
“I didn’t expect to start straight off but they have shown confidence in me by putting me straight in and I felt like I put in a good shift for the lads.
“I thought I maybe could have done a bit more when I had the ball and got on the ball a bit more, which I like to do.
“But when we went down to 10 especially I thought we had to put a shift in and work hard.”
Price joins the likes of Romain Vincelot, Chris Dagnall and Adam Legzdins in the bearded contingent at the club, and even roomed with Frenchman Vincelot on the trip to Sheffield last weekend.
The duo also combined well in midfield at Bramall Lane as well as linking up for the late equaliser, but the youngster admits he’s slightly envious of Vincelot’s facial hair.
“I roomed with Romain on the Friday as well,” he added. “He’s a nice bloke and funny lad as well so I and he are midfield partners with Pritch (Bradley Pritchard) so it was good to settle in well with him.
“His beard is a bit bigger than mine and it’s a bit more ginger as well. It’s a big, big beard.
“I don’t know why beards are in fashion. We started it last year at Wolves with a few of the lads for Movember and stuff and it just stayed. Now it seems everyone has got one.”
The O’s will look to follow up last weekend’s point at Sheffield United with three against MK Dons tomorrow.
And while it’s a tough period of fixtures following on from the previous home game against Swindon Town, Price hopes the momentum of the late point at Bramall Lane can stand the O’s in good stead
“The difference in the camp afterwards compared to what it could have been with a defeat just shows the lads have great spirit,” he remarked.
“We are hoping it’s the turning point and we can come together as a group and get a few more positive results because I don’t think the performances have been that bad from what I have been hearing so hopefully we will start climbing up the table.
“You expect MK Dons to be up there fighting for the play-offs and automatic promotion.
“They play some good football which we have got to stop on Saturday and when we have got the ball use it well.”
Price was shocked to see the O’s so low down the table when he arrived at Brisbane Road and they moved into the relegation zone following the draw in South Yorkshire next week.
But the Wolves youngster, who was part of their promotion-winning squad last season, feels no reason why they can’t mount a push up the table despite the squad currently being down to the bare bones in numbers.
“I looked before I come here at the players they have and looked at the table and couldn’t believe they were so low,” said Price.
“The have all got ability and training has been fantastic. You think it is only a matter of time before you start getting points and climbing up the table towards where we should be.”