Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis eyes four more arrivals
PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 17 July 2017
51-year-old discusses playing on an artificial surface and how O’s will have no excuses come August 5 when they play Sutton United
Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis is looking to bring four more players into the club and hopes to have those deals completed by Saturday.
The O’s started their pre-season campaign with an encouraging 6-1 victory away to Isthmian Premier side Harlow Town.
Davis is keen to get Orient in the best shape possible ahead of the start of the National League on August 5.
He said: “We want two players in each position and then we have a few of our younger kids to top it up if we need them during the season.
“The National League allows us to loan at any point as well where as the Football League doesn’t, so we have that to lean back on if we need a place filled due to injury or suspension.
“I am happy with what we have got, but we are still four players short, so hopefully in the next week or so we have that completed. I would like them to get in a bit earlier, but if we can’t do that we will just have to get on with it.
“When we get those players the squad will be complete and it gives us some versatility to play some different systems. Although we played 4-2-3-1 at Harlow, we don’t want to play that all the time.
“There will be games where we need to try something different and it will be because of different systems and surfaces, but it really is about us. We need to make sure we do as much work as possible to be organised and ready for August 5.”
Saturday’s game was the ideal preparation for Orient’s National League opener at Paul Doswell’s Sutton United.
The U’s Gander Green Lane surface is 3G, just like Harlow’s, so Davis was happy to see his squad play on an artificial surface last weekend.
He insisted that although it is different to grass, his players will have no excuses come August 5 and has already thought about the week leading up to the Sutton fixture.
“The surface is different isn’t it? One or two went to ground and ended up with burns, but it is a game played on its feet and it is a game played to feet to a certain degree. It is what it is,” said Davis.
“You don’t get muddy pitches or a bare surface, so from that point of view the ball travels true, but I think it is just the commitment of the players and whether they throw themselves around.
“I think they are a little weary of that, but we can’t make any excuses and at times we played some good football on it, so we’ll see what happens and the games we have got on this pitch will determine how good we are on it.
“The Sutton game is coming around quick. We are going to train on it prior to the fixture, so we will be prepared and as prepared as we can be.”