New signings 'settling in well' at Leyton Orient says boss

Nick Freeman of Leyton Orient during Leyton Orient vs Forest Green Rovers, Sky Bet EFL League 2 Foot

Nick Freeman of Leyton Orient during Leyton Orient vs Forest Green Rovers, Sky Bet EFL League 2 Football at The Breyer Group Stadium on 23rd January 2021 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Leyton Orient’s new signings are settling in well despite the ongoing restrictions and postponements, says head coach Ross Embleton. 

The O’s brought in Dan Kemp, Nick Freeman, Adam Thompson and Tristan Abrahams in January to bolster their squad while they saw Josh Wright leave, and Jordan Maguire-Drew and Myles Judd go out on loan. 

Orient have had their last two fixtures postponed - away to Carlisle United and Harrogate Town - and will now have to wait until Saturday when they host Port Vale at the Breyer Group Stadium. 

Embleton said: “They’ve settled in well. I think the levels that we go to now and the amount of work we put in - I must thank all of the staff. 

“Obviously the board for their support on bringing these players in, but also the work ethic that has gone in from the staff, and the details that we look into means that we’re in a very good position to recruit the right type of characters. 


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“I think that has been a big thing that we’ve learnt since these guys have come in, it’s their intensity in terms of running around, and what they bring to both training and games. 

Dan Kemp of Leyton Orient and Kane Wilson of Forest Green Rovers during Leyton Orient vs Forest Gree

Dan Kemp of Leyton Orient and Kane Wilson of Forest Green Rovers during Leyton Orient vs Forest Green Rovers, Sky Bet EFL League 2 Football at The Breyer Group Stadium on 23rd January 2021 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

“Their attitudes to being prepared, the dedication to their profession has been there for all of us to see, therefore they’ve settled in well albeit in a very disruptive period in terms of the amount of football we’ve been playing. 

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“At the same time with the weather it’s been tough to integrate them on the training pitch. The other thing that has really hit home for me is integrating people into anything at the moment is really tough. 

“You look at a trip to Carlisle and you think that is a great opportunity for the players to bond but all of a sudden we’re sitting on two buses and the restriction of movement at the hotel is very difficult. 

“It’s been different - like everything is at the moment - and we’re trying to find the best angles to find that team spirit and team bonding for the four new players and the existing group. 

“It’s not been easy, but when you bring good people into anything, it does help that progress.” 

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