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Simpson enjoying life at Orient

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 July 2015

Leyton Orient's Jay Simpson celebrates with Blair Turgott after scoring his first at Woking (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Leyton Orient's Jay Simpson celebrates with Blair Turgott after scoring his first at Woking (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

28/07/2015 Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR, contact@tgsphoto.co.uk

Forward discusses Ian Hendon, Fabio Liverani and pre-season campaign

Leyton Orient manager Ian Hendon looks on from the dugout at Woking (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Leyton Orient manager Ian Hendon looks on from the dugout at Woking (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson scored his first two goals of pre-season yesterday evening at Woking and revealed afterwards how much he enjoys working under head coach Ian Hendon.

The former Arsenal forward endured a difficult season last year, scoring eight times, but being restricted to cameos from the bench after struggling with a hamstring injury.

It wasn’t the year he or the club expected, but after inspiring a 4-0 victory against the Cards last night, he is confident about the upcoming campaign.

“To be fair I really enjoy coming in and working for the gaffer,” said Simpson.

“He has come to the club and brought fresh ideas, more stability and discipline. Last year was a bit of a funny year.

Scott Kashket of Leyton Orient congratulates Jay Simpson on scoring the fourth goal against Woking (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).Scott Kashket of Leyton Orient congratulates Jay Simpson on scoring the fourth goal against Woking (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

“But he has come in, got the boys on side and we have all brought in to the philosophy that he has brought in.

“It definitely is nice to hit the back of the net a couple of times, I would have liked to get more throughout pre-season, but I got a couple at Woking.”

As Simpson alluded too, last year wasn’t right on a number of levels and various reason were behind that.

Orient had four managers and the last one, Fabio Liverani, couldn’t prevent them from suffering relegation to League Two.

But it is all different at Brisbane Road now with Hendon at the helm and E10 seems a much better place with positivity growing.

“Anybody will tell you the language barrier was a big thing to get over under Fabio and it was difficult for him to get his point across,” admitted Simpson.

“Maybe if I had spoke Italian he would have been an excellent manager, I couldn’t tell you. It was difficult communicating with him, but the past is the past.

“We had a bad season last year, we got relegated, but we want to move on. The new manager has come in and yes he speaks English, but he is respected by the players.

“I think that is a big thing. They respect him and are buying into what he is trying to bring to the club.

“A lot of boys have left from last year so we have had a lot of new faces come in and to be fair the gaffer has brought in a nice selection of lads. Everyone gets along with each other and there are no big egos or funny attitudes.”

Somebody that signed on Monday, who was with the club last season, was goalkeeper Alex Cisak and Simpson was pleased to see him return.

He believes the former loan star will be a big player for the O’s and also revealed his aims for the busy weekend ahead.

Orient travel to Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday first before visiting Southend United on Sunday ahead of their league opener against Barnet on August 8.

Simpson said: “We are all nice guys and everyone gets along and Cisak did really well for us last year so it is nice to see another familiar face return.

“I got on really well with him so it is good to see him back and he’ll be a big part of the squad.

“We have games on Saturday and Sunday so two more and then we start looking forward to the start of the season.

“Hopefully I can build on those two goals against Woking and get a few over the weekend and come the start of the campaign, if the manager selects me, then hopefully I can get on the scoresheet again.”

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