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Kevin Dearden Lifts The Lid On The Last 12 Months In The Goalkeeping Department

25 June 2014

O's goalkeeper coach gives a revealing insight into last season from a goalkeeping point of view and looks ahead to the new season

ORIENT goalkeeper coach Kevin Dearden has spoken to Orient Player ahead of the new season as he and manager Russell Slade look to rebuild the goalkeeping department following the departures of Jamie Jones and Jake Larkins this summer.

The O’s moved quickly to bring in Adam Legzdins as the new first choice ‘keeper and Dearden has spoken candidly about a number of issues in the interview such as: the departure of Jones and Larkins, his hopes of Legzdins and youngster Charlie Grainger, working with Eldin Jakupovic, Ben Alnwick and Shwan Jalal plus a review of last season as a whole. For the full interview head to www.player.leytonorient.com and find some of the quotes below…

DEARDEN ON LEGZDINS…

“Adam is one that has been on our radar a few times. Jamie’s injury history wasn’t great so there was always a list ready just in case and we tried to get him two or three times last year. 

“He’s 6ft 4 and a commanding presence, kicks it really well and can play long or short plus like all goalkeepers he’s a good shot-stopper. What he does bring is ambition. You sense a drive in him that he wants to play and be let off the leash. He’s worked with some really good goalkeeper coaches who I’ve spoken to extensively and they speak very highly of him.”

DEARDEN ON JONES…

“We were in discussions with Jamie about a new contract and I knew that maybe he had itchy feet a little bit so it came as no surprise that he eventually decided to move on. I’d like to thank him and wish him all the best. We’ve had six really good years together. We’ve become really good friends over that time and all I can do is wish him well.”

DEARDEN ON LARKINS…

“Jake is a brilliant kid. He went into those games over Christmas [against Gillingham and Wolves] and did great. He went to Yeovil [in the FA Cup] and had a really difficult game. It affected him all throughout the game and afterwards. I tried to talk to him after but you could see it had hit him really hard and it was time to take him out of the firing line. I’ve no doubt if he keeps working on things and mentally becomes a bit stronger and more secure then he can be a very good goalkeeper in years to come.”

DEARDEN ON GRAINGER…

“I’m really pleased with Charlie. I think people forget how young he is as he’s had such a large amount of experience already. I thought he was doing OK at the start of last season but I started to wonder if he was pushing on or not. I spoke with Andy Edwards and we decided to get him out on loan as youth team football was too easy for him. We got him out to Cray Wanderers and he went there a boy and came back a man. He went to Histon too and did really, really well and has matured so much in the last six months which culminated in the England call-up. 

“I don’t think it’s ideal for Charlie to spend a year sitting on the bench. I think he needs to go out and play another six months of adult football. But if the situation means that he has to be on the bench, I’ve got no doubts that if he has to come in and play he can cope with it.”

FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW HEAD TO WWW.PLAYER.LEYTONORIENT.COM 


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