Hendon happy with Cisak buy
PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 August 2015
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O’s gaffer thanks chairman and also calls on goalkeepers to push each other to get better
Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon has praised chairman Francesco Becchetti after making four signings on Monday evening.
The Brisbane Road club had a busy start to the week as Alex Cisak, Alan Dunne, Connor Essam and Frazer Shaw all signed contracts.
Former loan goalkeeper Cisak joined for an undisclosed fee from Premier League Burnley signing a two-year deal, as did Dunne following his release by Millwall.
Essam and Shaw have both been on trial with Orient all summer and have put pen to paper on one-year contracts after playing for Dover Athletic and Dulwich Hamlet last season.
It means the O’s squad looks very strong going into the new League Two season with a nice blend of youth and experience. Hendon said: “First and foremost on the signings, I have to say a big thank you to the chairman. He is backing everything that I’m doing.
“There are no complaints there. He has been absolutely fantastic since I arrived and is continuing to do that so a big thank you to him because without him we wouldn’t be doing what we have been doing on the pitch.”
Orient continued their good form with a 4-0 win at Woking on Tuesday as Cisak started in goal for the first time since signing and Hendon praised his ability.
He added: “We know the qualities Alex has got and know it is a very good signing for the club to bring a player in from Burnley, who were in the Premier League.
“I know all about Alex, I saw him play last year and I know he has got a good rapport with the fans. Let’s hope he keeps it that way and if he does he’ll obviously be doing very well.”
Every successful team needs a good goalkeeper and O’s have that.
But Hendon has refused to confirm that Cisak will be Orient’s number one this season and instead challenged Gary Woods to raise his game.
The Brisbane Road boss wants good competition between his stoppers and insisted Charlie Grainger is in the mix as well.
“It is up to ‘Woodys’ to decide if Alex is going to be number one this season. I had a conversation with him on Tuesday and it is up to him,” revealed Hendon.
“I want competition from my goalkeepers and we have also got Charlie as well. He is in mix because he is a good young keeper and I want him to push on and challenge whoever is in goal.
“Alex is not number one, it is not guaranteed with anybody so Alex has to work to earn that position.”