NEW SIGNING Eldin Jakupovic has revealed he could not wait to join Leyton Orient once he heard the club were interested in signing him.
Jakupovic played twice against the O’s last season in the FA Cup and was impressed with what he saw.
“On Monday I was told there were two clubs from League 1 who wanted me to join them and soon as I heard one of them was Leyton Orient I said yes straightaway. I knew I would enjoy it. The lads are great and have helped me settle,” said the Bosnian-born 29-year-old.
“For me it’s the start of something big. I can play and hope I can help the team to the Championship and I hope the team can help me play well and enjoy my time here.”
Having met his new teammates at lunchtime on Tuesday, the Hull City ‘keeper went straight into the side and kept a clean sheet at the Greenhaus Meadow.
“The first game was the most important and was for me important to start well and it was important for the team we took the three points to get back to second place in the league. It was nice to keep a clean sheet too and have a good performance and help the team.”
As well as aiming for promotion with the O’s, the other motivating factor for Jakupovic is his desire to make it into the Bosnia squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer. Despite having represented Switzerland already, Jakupovic has dual-nationality having been born in the Balkans and is desperate to play his way into the squad.
“That’s why I came here. I know I will have a few games here and have signed for a month but have said if I enjoy it here then I’d like to stay longer and help. On the other side too, if I can have a few games now before the summer then the chance is big to go to the World Cup. It’s not my decision though, it’s up to the Bosnian national team coach.”
For now though, it’s all eyes on Carlisle and another three points on Saturday.
“I’m happy and excited to play my first home game for the club on Saturday. My family are too and they are down here with me and are excited to watch me play again. I hope it’s a great day for me, my family and the team.”