AFTER spending 13 years at Everton as a youngster, Orient’s Capital One Cup tie at the Toffees on Wednesday represents a dream come true for keeper Jamie Jones.
The 23-year-old stopper didn’t make an appearance for the Blues’ first team during his time with his boyhood club, but is set to break his Goodison Park duck with the O’s and he cannot wait.
The east Londoners booked their tie on Merseyside by defeating Charlton Athletic on penalties in Round One and now Jones would love to continue the run at Everton.
“I was delighted with the draw. When you looked at all the Premier League clubs in it you couldn’t have had a better one,” said Jones.
“Everton away was the top club there and we managed to draw it, and it was especially pleasing for me because I spent 13 years of my life there. That’s where I learned my trade so it will be nice to go back and show them what I’m all about.
“I played at Goodison Park in the FA Youth Cup but it’s not the same when it’s not the first team, so it’ll be nice to get that opportunity and to prove a point to David Moyes himself and all the coaches, as well as thanking them for the time that they gave me and what they taught me.
“I left Everton as a 19-year-old boy and now I’m a 23-year-old man. It’s going to be a good game and I’m looking forward to trying to put in a performance with the team that sees Leyton Orient go through in the tie.
“That’s my job as a professional for Leyton Orient Football Club, but I will be going there with a smile on my face knowing it’s an opportunity I want to take.”