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Jobi McAnuff expecting Leyton Orient to benefit from settled squad after past high pre-season turnover

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 May 2018

Leyton Orient winger Jobi McAnuff dribbles past Boreham Wood opponent Kane Smith (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient winger Jobi McAnuff dribbles past Boreham Wood opponent Kane Smith (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The experienced winger explains why O’s will be better prepared for next season and how a promotion at Brisbane Road would be special

Jobi McAnuff believes Leyton Orient should benefit from a settled summer of transfer activity which is in stark contrast to the last few years.

The O’s had almost 20 players depart at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, largely due to poor planning from the previous ownership, and so it resulted in a large amount of pre-season business and various incomings.

Prior to last summer, there had been a big lack of stability at Brisbane Road under the ownership of Francesco Becchetti and McAnuff was one of many to come and go.

He left on a free at the end of the 2015/16 season and discussed the importance of a settled playing group which is exactly what current head coach Justin Edinburgh will have heading into the new campaign.

McAnuff said: “For the last few years at Leyton Orient it has been the same when it comes to the summer.

“We would come back for pre-season and it is all new faces. I remember my second season (2015/16) when there was only five or six lads left from the previous campaign and it has been a repeated cycle over the years.

“But from my point of view there will be no more excuses and that is the key message from me and all of the boys. We know what time it is next year.

“We have a good squad and a good togetherness. Of course there will be a few additions, as you would expect, but everyone needs to make sure they work hard in the summer and come back firing to make sure we hit the ground running.”

After a hugely disappointing first spell at the O’s, it is a sign of McAnuff’s character he was keen to return last summer.

The experienced winger had just enjoyed a fine campaign with Stevenage in League Two and was not short of offer, but rejoined Orient because he wanted to rewrite some of the wrongs which blighted his first two years at Brisbane Road.

“It would be special to take the club back up and that was a big part of why I come back – to hopefully be a part of some real good times after being a part of some not so good times,” said McAnuff.

“The key to promotion and teams being up there is consistency. I get bored of saying it, but it is about doing small, little things all of the time and as much as you can.

“I look at Macclesfield Town and other teams who were up there and I ask myself ‘are they a better team than us?’

“Of course the table says yes, but I know nine times out of 10 they will do the right thing at the right time and we have to adopt the same mentality and make sure we are at it all the time.”

McAnuff will be doing his upmost to ensure everyone at Orient knows what the minimum requirement is next season which bodes well for the future.

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