Search

Orient midfielder excited about new season

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 July 2015

Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James (left) is looking forward to the new season (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James (left) is looking forward to the new season (pic: Simon O'Connor).

07958 573219 simon.oconnor@virgin.net

After struggling with injuries last year, Lloyd James looking to have success under new boss Ian Hendon

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James may only have returned to pre-season training earlier this week, but he is already looking forward to the new season and doing his upmost to make the club successful again.

An injury-hit 2014/15 campaign restricted the Welshman to just 17 appearances last year and he couldn’t prevent the O’s suffering relegation to League Two.

It wasn’t the season anyone expected after going so close to promotion in the campaign before that, but the 27-year-old is positive about the year ahead.

With Ian Hendon coming in as head coach and a new good feel about the place at Orient, James is keen not to dwell on the past.

He said: “I just want to get back to being fully fit and work hard and get back to games. I need this, I need a proper pre-season to get myself going and hopefully I can pick up it like I did at the start of the last campaign.

“You learn every season and as you get older you gain more experience, but what is done last year is done.

“We can’t dwell on that because we could end up in trouble again if we do so we just need to stay focused.

“It is a fresh start, new members of staff, a new gaffer and new players and I am sure we have the quality in our dressing room to have a good go this year.”

When James returned to Orient’s Chigwell training base on Tuesday for tests, it was the first time he had seen some of his team mates for a short while.

But French defender Mathieu Baudry wasn’t one of them as the pair have seen each other a lot since the end of the season.

James explained: “It was good to see some of the lads, I went to ‘Frenchy’s’ wedding in the summer so I have seen too much of him!

“I went to his stag do as well, but it is good to be back and it is good to have a bit of craic with the players. Most of all it is good to be back playing football again and back out there playing in the games.”

Seven players from last season’s squad have departed Orient following their relegation and although sad to see them go, James is excited about working in what feels like a new group.

He added: “That is football, you have people come in and people go. It seems like a whole new group because obviously some left and the staff has changed, but we have just got to concentrate on the league this year.”

After last year, everything seems a lot more positive at Orient under Hendon and long may that continue.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

18:26

Eoin Morgan can see the advantages in holding England matches behind closed doors, believing such a scenario would demonstrate the uplifting role sport can play in modern society.

16:34

Wimbledon has become the latest big sporting event to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic this week.

14:00

Nearly 10 years ago, Leyton Orient moved to sack Geraint Williams and appoint Russell Slade to help them avoid the drop and was it ever a great journey from then onwards.

West Ham hero Alan Taylor talks us through the battle to the final

08:20

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced an emergency funding package worth £61million to keep counties and clubs afloat during what could be “the biggest challenge in the history of the game”.

Yesterday, 15:30

Smaller clubs in Essex could struggle to survive

Yesterday, 15:00

Parents looking to entertain their children while schools are closed have been offered a helping hand thanks to the FA SuperKicks app.

Hammers striker Alan Taylor talks us through his six goals in the FA Cup 45 years ago

PROMOTED CONTENT

Festival organisers AEG Presents will once again be providing a variety of exciting opportunities for young people at this year’s event

Looking to rent in London? Securing the keys to a new home in any big city can be an ordeal but there is a way to avoid the common pitfalls of London rentals - dodgy landlords, dubious décor and downright dicey security.

Cauldron Foods’ comedy night will give vegans the last laugh as Vegan comics dispel vegan myths.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser