O's boss Jackett confident squad will continue to improve ahead of Sutton clash

Leyton Orient manager Kenny Jackett during Leyton Orient vs Ebbsfleet United, Emirates FA Cup Footba

Leyton Orient manager Kenny Jackett - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Leyton Orient manager Kenny Jackett confident the squad is going to continue to grow as the season goes on with plenty of youngsters improving. 

The O’s will welcome League Two new boys Sutton United to the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday as they bid to bounce back from disappointing Rochdale draw. 

But the boss remains confident in his squad’s ability as they sit just outside the League Two play-off places. 

“We’ve got some good players that are on the way up and they’re going to keep improving,” Jackett said. 

“I think if we can retain the type of appetite and hunger to improve all of the time I think as the season goes on we’re going to get better. 

“Now it’s about us retaining our hunger, nailing down the details, and working hard to keep improving all the time. 

“There is a good blend of experienced pros with the likes of Adam Thompson, Darren Pratley, Omar Beckles, Craig Clay. The lads like that have been around and lead in the right way. 

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“There is a high number of young players that are on the way up and will keep improving. We have to keep driving them on.” 

Paul Smyth and Callum Reilly could be back in contention for the clash as the O’s slowly return to a fully fit squad. 

Paul Smyth of Leyton Orient during Leyton Orient vs Forest Green Rovers, Sky Bet EFL League 2 Footba

Paul Smyth of Leyton Orient - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

The duo have struggled with injuries since joining the Brisbane Road-based club but will hope to get back fit and remain in contention in the coming weeks and months.

“He (Paul Smyth) has a toe injury, it does look like he will be able to train, which is ok. Another frustrating time for him after coming back and showing us all what he can do. 

“Callum Reilly is still feeling his groin, it’s not settled completely, and while he’s been in and around the squad once or twice. Just getting back out on that grass on a regular basis is proving tough for him.” 

It is then a quick turnaround as they make the trip away to Scunthorpe United on Tuesday evening as they head into the crucial winter months of the season. 

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