Gavin Massey: Leyton Orient the right challenge after Colchester United

PUBLISHED: 17:30 27 June 2016

Gavin Massey (left) in action for Colchester against Leyton Orient during the 2014/15 campaign (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Gavin Massey (left) in action for Colchester against Leyton Orient during the 2014/15 campaign (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Winger looking forward to meeting all his new team mates this week and reflects on leaving the U's after four seasons

Gavin Massey believes the time was right to leave Colchester United for a new challenge and feels he has found the perfect one at Leyton Orient.

The 23-year-old departed the U’s after four seasons to link up with Andy Hessenthaler at Brisbane Road.

He has agreed a three-year deal with the O’s and can’t wait to meet all his new team mates for pre-season this week.

“I’m definitely excited. I’ve had time to let the dust settle since the move was announced and prepare myself for football again and I’m really looking forward to getting started,” said Massey.

“It was hard to leave Colchester because they have been massive in my development and gave me the opportunity to play football.

“We had some really good years staying up a couple of times, but I felt it was time for a change. I think it was time for a change for me and also for the club from me.

“They want to go in a different direction with their youth development so this move is good for both of us.”

Massey doesn’t know too many of the Orient squad, but did play with Sean Clohessy for a season at Colchester.

He has heard a lot of good things about the current crop of players in east London and will meet them all on Friday.

The ex-Watford youngsters admitted after a couple of weeks away from football, he now can’t wait to get back into the swing of things.

“I was with Sean for a season and I’ve played against a lot of the squad, but being a footballer you come across people a lot,” said Massey.

“I don’t know any of the players personally, but I’ve heard it is a good group and I’m looking forward to seeing them all.

“The first few weeks after the season it is good to rest up, but this last week has dragged and I just want to get back to it now.

“I’m preparing myself for the training and the games and I’m looking forward to it. It’s a new challenge for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

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