George Elokobi will ‘look after’ Leyton Orient’s young guns

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 July 2017

New Leyton Orient signing George Elokobi (right) in action for Wolverhampton Wanderers (pic: Andrew Milligan/PA)

New Leyton Orient signing George Elokobi (right) in action for Wolverhampton Wanderers (pic: Andrew Milligan/PA)

PA Archive/PA Images

Former Colchester United centre back excited to help develop O’s academy graduates

George Elokobi will make sure Leyton Orient’s young players are looked after on and off the pitch this season.

The experienced defender has made two appearances for O’s since joining on a free transfer from Colchester United.

Elokobi is excited about the upcoming National League campaign and looking forward to helping Orient’s academy graduates develop.

He said: “My job as a footballer and as an experienced one is to try and pass on the knowledge I have to the youngsters coming through at the club.

“I need to make sure when they do make a mistake, they learn from it and it is not about killing them or crucifying them.

“They have to make a mistake to learn, so I will make sure they are well looked after and that is one of my jobs.”

Elokobi has been impressed with Orient’s young players in training and knows they will play their part this season.

Steve Davis will hand opportunities to Myles Judd, Aron Pollock, Michael Clark, Dan Happe and Rian McLean when the time is right.

And Elokobi expects them to be ready, he said: “We have some very good young players and I have watched some in training.

“We are going to need them as well as the experienced ones we have got, so it is a great place for the youngsters to be because they are going to play and show the Leyton Orient fans what they can do.

“It is our job as a senior player to guide them through and not only in training, but in the games.”

Clark has partnered Elokobi for a small amount of time in the friendlies with Greenwich Borough and Hornchurch.

Although the former youth-team captain has a lot to learn, his new team-mate is on hand to help.

Elokobi added: “Michael is a talented player and you need to give players time to grow into their role.

“He is going to learn a lot from us senior professionals and hopefully he is going to show what a talent he is.”

Orient’s new centre back Elokobi will hope to get more pre-season minutes on Saturday away to Billericay Town.

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

Arsenal fans can celebrate after midfielder Leah Williamson signed a long-term contract with the club.

International breaks are rarely welcomed with open arms by fans who miss their Arsenal fix – but for football lovers this week is serving up some tasty ties with 14 players from the club set to be amongst the action. Find out more with Rosie Tudball’s comprehensive round-up.

Per Mertesacker has given a number of young fans with Down’s syndrome a day to remember as part of Arsenal in the Community’s excellent work.


Leyton Orient face a crucial game at home to Woking in the National League with safety still not secured.

A mental health charity off Mare Street is appealing for runners to take on the Hackney Half in the wake of government cuts.


This is an extract from Phil Vasili’s Walter Tull biography ‘1888 to 1918’ published by London League Publications

Justin Edinburgh’s team host fellow strugglers Woking on Saturday looking to earn their first victory on home soil since Boxing Day

The family of the man stabbed to death at a St Patrick’s Day party in Homerton have described the devastation of having to tell his two young daughters their “daddy is gone”.


To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists