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Leyton Orient winger James Dayton wants another National League promotion on his CV

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 August 2017

James Dayton in action for Leyton Orient at Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

James Dayton in action for Leyton Orient at Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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The 28-year-old ex-Cheltenham Town ace can see many positive traits in the squad at Brisbane Road

James Dayton was part of the Cheltenham Town team which won the National League title during the 2015/16 campaign and he can see similarities between his old side and the current Leyton Orient squad.

The Londoner agreed a two-year deal with O’s on Tuesday night after impressing during a trial period at Brisbane Road.

Now Dayton has secured his future, he is keen to achieve more success in the top flight of non-league football.

“I do see similarities between this squad and the Cheltenham one. It is the same, but there are differences of course,” said the winger.

“There is a great togetherness at Orient and I believe that is a massive if you want to get success in this league.

“On top of that there is a lot of talent here, so fingers crossed it is all good and positive stuff to come.”

The O’s will have a hectic start to life in the National League with seven games to play in August.

Steve Davis’ team will come up against all different types of opposition and Dayton is excited about the future.

He said: “You always have Saturday to Tuesday, so the start of the season is busy, but we have a big squad and I am sure the gaffer will use everyone.

“I don’t think we will have 90 per cent possession in games, but we will dominate at times and teams will come to Brisbane Road and shut up shop and nick a 1-0.

“We are going to have to work hard to break teams down, but we have enough ability, talent and top players to do that.”

After spending last season helping the Robins fight for survival in League Two, Dayton is well placed to offer an opinion on the difference between the National League and the division O’s were recently relegated from.

“I would say the top half of the National League and the bottom half of League Two are similar. There isn’t much different,” said the ex-Crystal Palace youngster.

The winger had an up and down time at Whaddon Road, although did enjoy plenty of success with Cheltenham.

One of the major highs was winning promotion back to League Two and he wants that feeling again at Orient.

“I really enjoyed my first year at Cheltenham. We won the National League and it was obviously a great season for myself and the club,” said Dayton.

“It didn’t really work out for me personally in my second year and the club stayed up which was good, but I am delighted to sign here now.

“Hopefully I can push on and fingers crossed I can win it again because that would be really good.”


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