Midfielder following in family footstepsIt was a special day in the Moncur household when Freddy signed his first professional deal and now the youngster hopes to make a name for himself in the 2016-17 campaign.
Father John and brother George have both spent a large period in the professional game, both with West Ham, while George is currently with Colchester United.
Now Freddy has followed in their footsteps after signing a one-year professional deal at the Matchroom Stadium, and the 19-year-old couldn’t hide his delight at earning a deal with the O’s.
“It feels great to have signed my first professional contract. A lot of work has gone into it and it’s a good feeling to now be a professional,” Moncur told leytonorient.com.
“My dad and brother have both played professionally for a long period of time and it is big boots to fill, but it’s the first step and hopefully I can build on that.”
Moncur signed a third-year scholarship at the start of last season, and made two appearances off the bench for the O’s, featuring in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy loss at Luton Town and in the FA Cup First Round win against Staines Town.
On top of that the youngster was involved in a large number of matchday squads, and with a solid pre-season under his belt now he hopes to make the step-up to regular first-team football next season.
“I was really thankful to Ian Hendon for giving me my debut and he involved me so much as well so it is great to have had a taste of it this season,” he added.
“To play in front of the home crowd as well was a great feeling. That is what I wanted to achieve when I first joined the club. A big thanks has to go to the youth staff as well along the way.
“When I signed my third year scholarship I wasn’t sure what it would be like and I didn’t expect to be involved so much. But to get that 3pm matchday experience was a great feeling.
“I want to come back in pre-season, work hard and really push on. I want to get as much game time as possible next season.”
Moncur joins a strong group of youngsters at the Club, with Sam Sargeant, Aron Pollock recently joining the likes of Scott Kashket and Charlie Grainger to be involved in the first-team environment.
With so many of them, Moncur hopes they can all continue to spur each other on to progress even further.
“I am really happy for all the other boys who have signed up. We all help each other progress and I think there are some really good young players coming through at the club at the minute – it is a great time to be here,” he remarked.