Orient’s preparations for the 2015-16 Sky Bet League Two season are fully underway after the players returned to pre-season training on Tuesday.
And after the first week of training, head coach Ian Hendon gave his thoughts to www.leytonorient.com:
“It’s been good. The players came back on Tuesday and did a bit of screening and fitness testing to see what condition they were in. But they have all come back in good shape and we sent them an off season programme as soon as I was appointed so they knew what to expect and to be fair they have followed that and they look like they are in good shape.
“The existing players have been really good with the new signings and they have integrated well, as you would expect. All in all it has been a good start to pre-season, but it’s nice to get out on the training pitch and spend a lot of time with the players as they get to me and I get to know them.
“I have appointed several backroom staff members in the last few days. Andy Hessenthaler has been in the game a long time and his enthusiasm for the game is the same as it was when he was a player.
“He has been out here doing the training every day and wants to join in as well. His enthusiasm is brilliant and his experience and knowledge is going to be well received from the players as it already has been this week.
“I have worked with Craig Smith before and he has been great. He has worked all summer sorting things out at the training ground, getting everything organised on the sports science side. He has done a good job so far. More importantly the lads have taken to him well and they are putting in all the effort they should be.
“Peter Webb has come in as the physio. He had a spell at West Ham, but I didn’t know him from there but heard good things about him.
“He went off to Charlton and has had his own practice for about a year but he was desperate to get back into the football side of things. He has come in and has good experience. Hopefully the boys don’t take to him too well and there is no injuries but he has had a good rapport with them so far.
“Ged Searson has come in as chief scout and he is someone I have worked with at numerous clubs. He’s out at games all the time and his knowledge of players and opponents is very good. He is someone I know, and can trust.
“We have also managed to bring in Lee Harrison as goalkeeping coach and I am really pleased he has decided to come. He was working at a Premier League club and he has walked away from that to come and join us at Leyton Orient and I am very thankful to him for that.
“He could have sat there and been comfortable but he wants to get involved with the first team. He is another good addition and I know he is well known to the Orient supporters. He loves this club as much as I do. You’ve got two old boys back here and we are very happy to be here.
“We have had four days on the training pitch now and we have got another good week ahead before our first game at Braintree Town on Friday night and we then have a six day training camp in Spain with a couple of games over there.
“With the training camp we can have three or four sessions a day and really get to grips with how we want to play. The facilities there are great so we can be on the pitch 9-5 if we need to be – not necessarily running but the more technical side of things with how we want to play and different formations that we might play
“Over the course of this week just gone and next week we will be assessing the squad we have. We will see how we go come the end of next week and then that will give time for me, Andy and the rest of the backroom staff time to assess what we have got.
“If we need to bring in more players we will do. I would imagine there would be at least two more additions because there are areas on the pitch we need to strengthen, whether that would be players coming straight into the team or squad players remains to be seen, but we will have a lot of competition for places in every position.”