Andy Edwards hails the mentality of Sam Dalby after Leyton Orient tie down talented tee

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 December 2016 | UPDATED: 13:04 14 December 2016

Leyton Orient manager Andy Edwards urges his team on against Accrington Stanley from the touchline (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient manager Andy Edwards urges his team on against Accrington Stanley from the touchline (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The O's make the trip to Premier League outfit Leicester City in the third round of the FA Youth Cup this evening

Leyton Orient manager Andy Edwards has tipped Sam Dalby to become a very good player for the League Two outfit after signing a first professional contract last week.

The forward, just 17, is still a first-year scholar at Brisbane Road, yet has made a big impact during his short time at the club.

Dalby made his debut for O’s as a substitute in the 74th minute during their 3-0 win over Stevenage in the EFL Trophy on August 30 and has been a regular on the bench in recent weeks.

“Sam is somebody I’ll claim credit for because I saw him playing for Buckhurst Hill boys about 18 months ago,” smiled Edwards.

“I got a tip-off from a friend of mine and he is a fantastic prospect. I don’t want to put too much pressure on him, but I think he can deal with it because he has a great mentality.

“He has some real strong attributes and in an ideal world would be a year or two older, though I believe he will be a very good player for us.”

Edwards hinted after the 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley that Dalby will play a part for Orient this season.

It shows how highly rated Dalby is and he has scored 11 times for Orient’s academy in all competitions this season and will be part of the squad that visits Premier League outfit Leicester City tonight (Wednesday).

Orient take on the Foxes in the third round of the FA Youth Cup at the King Power Stadium, with a home tie against Barnsley or Carlisle United the prize for the winners and Edwards admitted the clash at Leicester is a great match for O’s.

Dalby joins Myles Judd, Henry Ochieng, Tristan Abrahams, Steven Alzate and Josh Koroma on pro terms with Orient and even more could join them.

“This is the strongest group of players we’ve had as a club, with a number having a genuine chance of having careers in the game,” said Edwards, who was involved with Orient’s academy from 2009 until the end of last season.

“I know they can affect us this year as Myles has proved. He has stepped up and is one of the latest players to sign a professional contract.

“There is still one or two pushing towards that target so it is a really good group and we have high hopes for them.”

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