Martin Brennan wants to have a hand in helping Leyton Orient’s goalkeeping trio of Alex Cisak, Charlie Grainger and Sam Sargeant improve
PUBLISHED: 16:30 06 July 2016
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Leyton Orient’s first team goalkeeper coach Martin Brennan is excited to be back at the club and play a part in developing the talented youngsters at Brisbane Road.
The 33-year-old left Fulham this summer after spending the last four years with the West Londoners.
He played for the O’s youth team before that and has also coached the under-nines to under-16s, and now he is back with the first team.
Brennan is looking forward to working with Australian Alex Cisak and also teenagers Charlie Grainger and Sam Sargeant.
Grainger, 19, and Sargeant, 18, both made their professional debuts for Orient during the 2015/16 season and will aim to kick on again this year.
“I’m really excited to be working at Orient, it is a very strong group. I’ve seen Alex play a number of times and always been impressed with him,” said Brennan.
“He has got some great qualities and I’ve heard so many good things about the two young lads. I’ve seen Grainger a couple of times when he was on loan at Farnborough. He looked very impresive there.
“Grainger is a good organiser and obviously a good kicker, along with Sargeant. From speaking to the chairman Francesco Becchetti, he said a lot about the young boys.
“He gave me a briefing on them and an update on where they are at before I started and he’s excited for the both of them.”
Brennan started his coaching career at Tottenham Hotspur and worked with the youth at the club, before joining Wycombe Wanderers in 2008.
The Waltham Abbey resident spent the next four years at the Chairboys, before the opportunity to move to Fulham arose.
With the west Londoners, he worked with the likes of Mark Schwarzer, David Stockdale and Marcus Bettinelli, while during his time at Wycombe played a part in Matt Ingram’s development.
Now Brennan is aiming to help Grainger and Sargeant go to the next level with loans likely for the pair of them this season.
He added: “At Wycombe I worked with Matt Ingram and I’ve normally been at a club where I have one young goalkeeper, but to have two is exceptional.
“They have both been in England age groups so I’m very excited to be working with them and hopefully with the loan structure and things I put in place at clubs, it is perfect timing for them both.
“It depends on how the manager wants to do it and the chairman, but I do really like the young goalkeepers going out on loan.
“With Ingram, and Bettinelli, at Fulham, the loans worked well so hopefully we can sort that out for Grainger and Sargeant.”