New O’s goalkeeper Adam Legzdins has revealed it was hearing of the camaraderie of the Orient squad which attracted him to agree a two-year deal with the Club following his release from Derby County.
“It’s a new set of teammates and I can’t wait to meet them all,” said Legzdins. “The manager has told me what a fantastic set of lads there is at the club and that was important for me.
“I leave Derby with a heavy heart and it was a great set of players and I was friends with all of them and I can see from that now how that togetherness can help you achieve great things and so I wanted a club with a close set of lads with great camaraderie.”
The ‘keeper was a loan target for the O’s last season but despite a move failing to materialise, the interest put Russell Slade’s side firmly on his radar and he is keen to bring success again to the Club.
“I’m delighted that it’s all been sorted. I was aware that Orient were interested in me last year for a loan move but unfortunately didn’t happen. But once I found out they were interested me again I spoke to the manager and the goalkeeper coach and it became very clear the ambition of the club is to build on last year so I’m thrilled to be a part of it.
“It was important for me to join a team where I would play and I wanted one that would be challenging at the right end of the league table and that’s what Orient offer. The football fan I am saw me follow Leyton Orient’s story last year and I saw what they achieved and that’s what I want to be a part of.
“I’m a good calm, dominating presence at the back, I can distribute the ball well and claim my fair share of crosses. I think in the modern game to have a calm goalkeeper can breed confidence throughout the team and hopefully I can do that.”
Despite not making an appearance last year for the Rams, Legzdins can relate to the feeling of Wembley defeat after County were defeated in cruel fashion against QPR in the Championship Play-Off Final.
“Last year was disappointing for me for various reasons and I played fewer games than I’d hoped but the year before I played 33 games in the Championship. That’s my ambition; to play games. I don’t want to be number two goalkeeper.
“Having been part of the group at Derby and suffering a Wembley defeat too, I can feel what the lads at Orient must be going through. It’s hard to take but you have to take the positives out of it and remember things you did well, then you can make the improvements that need to be made and go one step better.”
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