Following his 200th appearance for Leyton Orient against Oldham on Tuesday, Dean Cox admits he has thoroughly enjoyed his time in East London so far and is excited about what the future could hold for both him and the O’s.
Cox was signed for Orient in the summer of 2010 by current manager Russell Slade, and made his debut in a 2-1 away defeat against Yeovil on 7th August.
Since then, the 26 year old has become a firm favourite amongst the Orient supporters, and looks back on those 200 games so far at Leyton Orient with great fondness:
“My time with Orient has been great, I’m really enjoying playing at the moment and that’s been the case ever since I joined. I can’t believe it’s been 200 games already.
“The fans have been brilliant ever since I joined, and I’m very grateful for that.
“I’m in my fourth season now and it’s great to be part of a club like Orient playing week in week out, and like I’ve said it’s been really enjoyable.
“Obviously this season has been terrific for the club, but personally my goal against Walsall last season will love long in the memory for me. I don’t think I’ll ever do that again.”
Despite being at the club since 2010, Cox hasn’t been surprised by the longevity of his stay at Orient and says it wasn’t a tough decision to join the O’s and re-unite with former boss Russell Slade who managed the winger at Brighton.
“Initially I wanted to find a club where I could be playing week in week out and obviously with Russell being the manager it was an easy move for me.
“Since then, I’ve grown really fond of the club, including the manager, coaches and the fans. He [Slade] is a fantastic manager and I’m sure a lot of players who have played under him would say that his man management is his best forte.
“The door is always open if you want to speak to him and he understands how to communicate with players and help them anyway he can.
“I’ve been with him a fair few years and he deserves all the credit that comes his way.
“He’s done a fantastic job at Orient, and whatever happens now, I think he should get manager of the season.”
Cox has been superb for Orient this season with an impressive 12 goals so far and 13 assists, a return which is only matched by his first season for the club.
And the tricky winger is hoping to surpass his record in this campaign, but insists helping Orient achieve promotion is the most important thing:
“I’d like to think I’ll go beyond 12 goals. I always try and score as many as I can ,and it would be nice to break that record.
“Obviously the team’s result is the most important thing. I’m here to help Orient get promoted any way I can, whether that be scoring or setting up a goal.
“Automatic promotion is going to be difficult I have to be honest, but we’re still fighting for it. We always go out to win every game and hopefully Brentford or Wolves will slip up.
“We’re going to keep pushing them all the way and we know it’s going to be tough, but we’ll keep going as long as it’s still possible.
“Every player wants to strive to compete at their highest possible level and to play in the Championship is something I want to do.
“I’ve turned down clubs in the past because I felt the club was going somewhere, and this season has proved me right.
“I get on well with everyone at the club, from the stewards right the way up to the chairman Barry Hearn.
“I’ll keep in contact with him no matter what, probably just to get boxing tickets, though I’m not sure he’d refuse to sell them to me if I left!
“But without a doubt, Leyton Orient is a club I hold dearly in my heart and if we can get promoted this season that would be perfect. That is what I want.”