Orient hoping to sign ‘trialist’ before Stevenage match

PUBLISHED: 09:30 29 December 2015

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (centre) urges his team on (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (centre) urges his team on (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

Hendon reveals plans to offer contract to trialist and confirms they can extend Jean-Yves M’voto’s deal

Leyton Orient defender Jean-Yves M'voto wins a header against his Scunthorpe United opponent (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient defender Jean-Yves M'voto wins a header against his Scunthorpe United opponent (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon has revealed he is hoping to sign one player before Saturday’s League Two clash at Stevenage.

The O’s were defeated 2-1 yesterday (Monday) by Bristol Rovers following a brace by Rory Gaffney.

Jay Simpson struck again for the east Londoners, but they couldn’t build on their Boxing Day success over Portsmouth.

Hendon confirmed afterwards that one of the trialists that featured in the friendly with Bishop’s Stortford on December 22 is set to be offered a deal.

Five players on trial featured in the match, one believed to be Kieffer Moore, but the Orient boss revealed the one he hopes to sign hasn’t been named yet.

“Yes some of the trialists did impress and one in particular,” said Hendon.

“Nobody has found out his name yet so we will keep it like that in case someone else tries to nip in.

“I need to speak to the owner this week, but ideally we would like to do something before Stevenage on Saturday.”

The O’s boss also explained the situation regarding defender Jean-Yves M’voto after the match at the Memorial Stadium.

M’voto signed a two-month contract with the Brisbane Road outfit on November 22 and has largely impressed since joining the club.

If Orient want to extend that deal when it finishes on January 22, they can do so.

Hendon added: “We have got the option to extend Jean’s deal if we want to. That is until the end of the season, we have the option.”

French defender M’voto came off at half time against Rovers after going down midway through the first half with an ankle injury.

9,836 fans were watching the O’s at the Memorial Stadium – the large attendance they have played in front of this season.

Just under 500 made the trip from east London and Hendon praised them plus the Gas fans for the intense atmosphere they created.

He added: “I do think Bristol Rovers will be up there at the end of the season. The support they had was fantastic.

“They kept on right until the end. I thought they were superb the way they got behind their team.

“Don’t get me wrong, our away supporters were good as well. They kept going and were there at the end and applauded us off, but it is a tough place to come when they have got a crowd like that.”

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

36 minutes ago

Wadi Camacho upset the odds to claim the biggest win of his career at York Hall as he took the Commonwealth cruiserweight belt.


Wapping’s men and women celebrated hard-fought wins in their latest East League outings at the weekend.

A chance to win a perfect book for West Ham fans just in time for Christmas

The big Hammers striker played 45 minutes in a friendly at Brentford and is looking for a place on the bench for Saturday


Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff has heaped praise on forward duo Macaulay Bonne and Josh Koroma after the pair both netted in their 3-1 win against Bromley.


Tower Hamlets manager AJ Ashanike has mixed emotions after Stansted victory and Enfield defeat this weekend.

Yesterday, 17:00

Bromley manager Neil Smith feels his side were unlucky to lose 3-1 to league leaders Leyton Orient.

Yesterday, 14:00

Harry Redknapp is currently taking part in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!


Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now