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New recruit Payne excited by Orient’s potential

PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 September 2015

Leyton Orient's newest recruit Jack Payne (pic: Leyton Orient).

Leyton Orient's newest recruit Jack Payne (pic: Leyton Orient).

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Midfielder believes the O’s could reach the Championship under head coach Ian Hendon

Leyton Orient’s newest addition Jack Payne believes the potential of the east London club is huge and that is one of the main reasons why he has signed for the Brisbane Road outfit on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

The transfer saga had been ongoing throughout the summer and started when the 23-year-old joined the O’s squad for their pre-season training camp in Spain.

Unfortunately a deal between his parent club Peterborough United and Orient couldn’t be resolved quickly, but it finally has been.

It was announced on Tuesday afternoon, transfer deadline day, that the former Posh captain had moved to Brisbane Road on a season-long loan.

He is thrilled to link up with head coach Ian Hendon and O’s assistant Andy Hessenthaler again after playing for the pair at Gillingham and is determined to get Orient back where they belong.

Payne said: “I have gone from League One to League Two, but this club shouldn’t be where it is now. It has the potential to go up this year and then go up straight away again to the Championship.

“The potential of the club is why I have signed and it is a massive club. I came in during the summer so I have seen the quality of the squad and that is another reason why I decided to come here. I know the gaffer and ‘Hessy’ really well and a few of the lads so I didn’t even need to think about it.”

It hasn’t been an easy for summer for Payne after finding out at the end of last season he would be leaving Peterborough.

He was placed on the transfer list at London Road and admitted that at times the move to Orient didn’t seem like going through.

But he is delighted to have it all sorted now and paid tribute to O’s head coach Hendon for never giving up on making the switch happen.

Payne added: “It has been a long, drawn-out process, but to be fair to the gaffer he has worked hard to try and get me in and I am glad he kept at it because finally it has paid off.

“The deal went quiet towards the middle of it, when I came back from Spain and I was thinking ‘oh no, I am going to be stuck at Peterborough’ where I had not really been involved so I am just glad to get out and hopefully start playing again.

“As long as we do well this year and go up then the permanent deal should get done. If we can get promoted we will sort it out then.”

Even though he wasn’t officially an Orient player until Tuesday, Payne has been keenly watching the results of the Brisbane Road outfit.

He was full of praise for the way his team mates have started the new campaign and is determined to boost the O’s chances of winning promotion.

The opportunity to link up with two people he knew well at Orient was also important, Payne said: “It was a no-brainer to link up with ‘Hessy’ and the gaffer again. I know how they work and they know how I work so it was an easy decision in the end.

“I have been looking at every Orient game and the lads have been top drawer really with five wins out of five – you can’t ask for anymore. Hopefully I can come in and help them and carry on the run and get this club back where it should be.”

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