Attacking football pleases Palmer

Leyton Orient's new signing Ollie Palmer (second from the left) in pre-season training with the club

Leyton Orient's new signing Ollie Palmer (second from the left) in pre-season training with the club (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

Ollie Palmer discusses his time at Mansfield and how excited he is to play under Ian Hendon

Leyton Orient forward Ollie Palmer can’t wait for the new season to start and for chances to be coming his way.

The 23-year-old forward completed a move to Brisbane Road last week from League Two rivals Mansfield Town for an undisclosed fee.

O’s new hitman departed the Stags after scoring seven goals in 64 appearances, but he is confident that ratio will improve greatly at his new club.

He discussed his time at Mansfield and gave a valid explanation as to why he struggled to replicate the prolific scoring record he enjoyed during his non league days with Havant & Waterlooville.


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Palmer said: “I didn’t get a proper chance at Mansfield, but I am not going to sit here and kick up a stink about the way that we played and the jobs I was asked to do.

“I went there, it didn’t work out and I don’t think I am insulting Mansfield when I say we didn’t play the prettiest of football.

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“If you look at the record of all the other forwards there over the last two seasons, no-one has really scored goals and there has been some alright players there, but it is football.

“It didn’t work out, but I am full of confidence that it will work out here. There are some really talented boys in the changing room, I am going to get chances and I am going to take them.”

Palmer’s admission about his former Mansfield team mates not scoring many goals over the past two years rings true.

In the 2013/14 campaign, Palmer’s first with the Nottinghamshire club, Sam Clucas hit 13 to finish as their leading marksmen.

But Rakish Bingham and Vadaine Oliver both scored only seven times each last season to finish with the most goals for Mansfield.

Those figures back up Palmer’s claim and he is already looking forward to featuring in Ian Hendon’s ‘attacking’ side after a successful loan at Grimsby Town last year.

He added: “I got my confidence back at Grimsby because I played week in, week out and as a forward when you are doing that and getting chances you have to back yourself to take them and I did.

“I did enjoy my time there and the gaffer at Grimsby was really positive in the way he played, he wanted to get the ball forward, he wanted to get the ball into the box and you could see that a lot of my goals were in the box.

“That is the way the gaffer wants to play here. He wants to get balls into the box, he wants to attack, he wants the full-backs to get forward so I am looking forward to being a part of a team that wants to play attacking football and wants to get balls into the box for me to be in the right place at the right time.”

You could see glimpses of what type of style Hendon wants to play at Braintree on Friday and it seems Palmer could thrive in that environment.

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