Search

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh targeting strong characters in January transfer window

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 December 2017

Leyton Orient centre back Josh Coulson volleys past Haringey Borough goalkeeper Ashley Harris to equalise at Coles Park (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient centre back Josh Coulson volleys past Haringey Borough goalkeeper Ashley Harris to equalise at Coles Park (pic: Simon O'Connor).

07958 573219 simon.oconnor@virgin.net

Experienced goalkeeper Dean Brill talks up the impact of the new boss at Brisbane Road as he approaches a month in charge of Leyton Orient

Justin Edinburgh has targets in mind for when the January transfer window opens to help boost Leyton Orient’s cause in the National League.

The O’s have improved under the former Gillingham boss, but he is well aware a lot of hard work still needs to be done before the Brisbane Road club can be happy.

One piece of business the east Londoners will be looking to do next month is to complete the permanent signing of Josh Coulson from Cambridge United.

But Edinburgh also wants to bring in a midfielder and an attacker with pace and the character of the person is key.

“We need to be able to change games and have a presence and we need players who know how to win things,” said Edinburgh.

“A lot is expected of us and I always look at the character first and foremost because to play for Orient, you need to have a strong character. You need to be able to deal with playing for the biggest club in the National League.

“I think we need some more pace because we do have Macauley Bonne, but he’s a young player and he needs to maybe not be playing week in, week out, so he can get some rest time.

“We could do with a like for like replacement for ‘Macca’ and another central midfielder and more width and pace out wide.”

An area where Orient may not look to bring in some reinforcements is in goal after Dean Brill’s impressive start to life as O’s number one.

The goalkeeper coach was handed the gloves at Solihull Moors on December 2 and has responded with a string of solid performances.

Brill praised Edinburgh, he said: “Justin has brought a real desire to win in everything we do, like in training and with everything.

“The intensity he has was definitely needed with the way the season was going because we have a talented bunch, but his intensity and drive has really picked the boys up when they needed it.

“I know as a professional, you probably shouldn’t need that and you should have your own desire to do that, but everyone in their job needs a pick me up and the gaffer has done that.

“He has done really well and like I say, he has a great intensity and a great desire to win.”

Orient have extended the loan of Dagenham & Redbridge defender Bondz N’Gala by a further month.

N’Gala joined the O’s on November 23 on an initial one-month loan and marked the last appearance of his loan with a goal in a 2-0 win at Maidstone United on Saturday.

It looked set to be the defenders final game for Orient, but he has agreed to stay until the end of January, although he won’t be eligble to feature against his parent club on New Years Day (Monday).

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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

Yesterday, 22:50

Arsenal’s U23s produced an electric display to thrash Manchester United’s U23 side on Monday night, with Konstantinos Mavropanos making a solid first appearance in red and white amongst a strong Gunners team.

A strong Arsenal U23 side eased past a young Manchester United U23 side at Meadow Park on Monday evening. Read Layth Yousif’s player ratings as new first team signing Konstantinos Mavropanos made his first start for the club with hot-shot starlet Eddie Nketiah grabbing a brace as they joined a number of players who impressed.

Yesterday, 18:45

This is the moment a reckless and “stupid” driver smashes into a tipper lorry and van while speeding the wrong way down a one-way street.

Yesterday, 17:00

Everton boss reflects on 4-0 thrashing away to Tottenham Hotspur and concedes he should have been more boring

Yesterday, 16:00

Hackney Wick has parted company with manager Tony Ievoli and his management team following a 7-0 defeat to high-flying Basildon United last weekend.

Yesterday, 13:30

Justin Edinburgh’s team face a tricky away clash in the last-16 of the competition

The 24-year-old moved onto 127 goals for the club on Saturday and is hoping to eventually be Spurs’ record goalscorer

Yesterday, 11:36

Hackney Council is next month due to receive results of a second investigation into what caused tiles to crumble and fall off at London Fields Lido.



Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists