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NEWS: O'Neill relishing Orient chance

28 February 2015

Clarets defender ready for Orient challenge

New Leyton Orient loan defender Luke O’Neill is ready and raring to go as he hopes to help the club avoid relegation.

The 23-year-old joined on loan until the end of the season from Premier League side Burnley, and could come straight into the side for Saturday’s trip to Walsall.

O’Neill enjoyed his first day of training with the squad, and admits having familiar faces in Burnley goalkeeper Alex Cisak and former Clarets team-mate Marvin Bartley at Orient is a massive help.

“It was good meeting the boys. I know Alex and Marv from their time at Burnley and it makes it a bit easier when you know a few faces. All the lads have been really good with me,” O’Neill told leytonorient.com

“I have been keeping on top of my fitness at Burnley. I feel good and ready to go.

“Everything game between now and the end of the season is crucial and we want to get out of the bottom four and kick on.”

The right-back was on loan with fellow League One side Scunthorpe United earlier in the season, an featured for the Iron when Orient picked up a 2-1 win at Glanford Park.

“I played against Orient earlier in the season and they are a good side,” he added. “The players that I have seen out there in training show they should be higher in the table. Hopefully we can push on over the rest of the season.”

“The main objective is for me to get as many games as I can. I went to Scunthorpe and got about 16 games there so I am just looking forward to getting some more playing time.

 “I will bring a bit of attacking play, I like to get forward and although the main focus is defending, but I like to bring some attacking play and get the ball into the box and provide a few assists.”

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