McAnuff returns to Orient action
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Midfielder makes first appearance of season
Leyton Orient midfielder Jobi McAnuff made his first outing for the club this season as he featured for their reserve team in a defeat at Stevenage.
And Leyton Orient have also announced that former West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan will be spending time training with the club.
Jamaican international McAnuff enjoyed a successful summer with his country as he played every minute of their nine games at the Gold Cup and the Copa America respectively, scoring once.
And the 33-year-old has 11 months left on his contract at Leyton Orient, but had been linked with a move away from Brisbane Road after a trial with Championship side Blackburn Rovers last month.
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McAnuff was back in an Orient shirt, though, as the second string were thrashed 5-1 at Stevenage’s training ground.
New loan signing Jack Payne played the first half and young goalkeeper Charlie Grainger, who gave away a penalty within five minutes of his Football League debut in the club’s 4-0 hammering at Exeter City on Saturday, also featured.
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The O’s fell behind after 31 minutes, when Dipo Akiyemi’s shot was saved by Grainger but the ball fell to Brett Williams, who tapped home.
Akiyemi helped himself to a goal of his own six minutes later as a tidy finish doubled the home side’s advantage.
It got worse for Orient just six minutes into the second period as Williams grabbed his second of the afternoon after a fine solo run.
And a trialist scored the home side’s fourth and fifth goals, netting first from the penalty spot and then with a header from a corner.
Orient grabbed a late reply through a trialist of their own, but it was little consolation.
The 33-year-old Nolan is currently without a club having left the Hammers in the summer after a four-year spell at Upton Park.
But through his relationship with O’s head coach Ian Hendon, Nolan has linked up with Orient for an indefinite period.
Hendon said: “It is great to have such a model professional in Kevin at the club, and I am more than happy for Kevin to come in and train with the squad.
“It is good for our players to be training with a vastly experienced and talented Premier League midfielder.” Leyton Orient: Grainer, Ling, Maguire, Payne, Clark, Humphrey, McAnuff, Agyemang, Palmer, Moncur, Semedo. Subs: Sargeant, Owusu, Adeboyejo, Alderson, Happe, Trialist.