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Brill impressed with squad spirit and new O’s signings Alabi and Gorman

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 July 2018

Dale Gorman in action for Stevenage against Forest Green Rovers (pic: Danny Loo).

Dale Gorman in action for Stevenage against Forest Green Rovers (pic: Danny Loo).

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The experienced goalkeeper discussed how the new boys have settled in quickly at Brisbane Road

Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson is closed down by James Alabi, who has now signed for the O's (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson is closed down by James Alabi, who has now signed for the O's (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Dean Brill believes Leyton Orient’s two summer signing, Dale Gorman and James Alabi, have settled in well.

Before the end of last season, O’s head coach Justin Edinburgh reiterated his desire to only add a few faces to the squad.

Although Orient remain active in the transfer marker, they have strengthened in two key areas ahead of the new campaign.

In attack, former Chester forward Alabi has arrived from Tranmere Rovers while in midfield, Gorman will provide competition for Charlie Lee, Craig Clay and Alex Lawless.

Current first-choice goalkeeper Brill feels the recent recruits have fitted in well with the rest of the squad.

He said: “Both James and Dale are great lads and there was never going to be loads of signings this summer.

“I think we knew that given the size of the squad and the mixture in the squad is good because you have some young, some old and competition in all of the places and in all areas.

“The two new signings have settled in well and I’m pleased for James to get his goal (at Harlow Town) and Dale is working hard behind the scenes, so I am sure he will be back sooner rather than later.”

Not much can be read into pre-season friendly results with O’s cruising to a 7-0 win on Saturday at Harlow Arena with Josh Koroma scoring four times and Macauley Bonne, James Brophy and Alabi finding the net.

What was noticeable was the spirit amongst the squad and the good vibe around the players both before, during and after the match.

“The mood in the camp is testament to how we finished the season. It is a settled group which is massive I think,” said Brill.

“If you are going to be successful, having a settled group where everyone knows what the manager is about and what they are about will help.

“The mood is really good and the boys were champing at the bit come the back end of the summer and now we are back in and in the swing of it, so it’s good.”


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