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Now that it is confirmed that Leyton Orient will be playing in League One next season, the released and retained list is expected to be announced imminently. Here we try to predict who will be an Orient player for the 2014/15 season and who will leave the club this summer:

Johnny Gorman 

Contract Expires: June 2014  Apps: 7  Goals: 0

Johnny Gorman didn’t get much playing time during 2013/14. This understandable given the form of Cox and Odubajo, however, his lack of substitute appearances and his struggle to even make the bench as the season progressed suggests he will be released this summer. However, at 21 years of age he does have some time to develop and he has some pedigree. Having started out at Manchester United and having played a number of times for Northern Ireland and Ireland at youth level, he must have some potential. It remains to be seen whether the club believe he can develop further, but it seems more likely that he will have to move on to kick-start his career in senior football.

Prediction He will go

 

Jamie Jones

Contract Expires: June 2014   Apps: 37

Jamie Jones has been Orient’s number one for the majority of the season and he looks set to continue to be the first choice goalkeeper, however, his injury record is a concern. For the last three seasons Jones has missed significant parts of the season through injuries. The injuries have been varied too, he has suffered a serious shoulder injury and a back fracture in recent times. A great shot stopper, but he is perhaps vulnerable to deliveries into the box. He is the longest-serving player at Orient and Russell Slade is clearly keen to keep him around. In his interview in the play-off final programme Jones revealed that the club have offered him a new contract, leaving the ball in Jones’s court.

Prediction: He will stay

 

Jake Larkins

Contract Expires: June 2014   Apps: 4

Jake Larkins may be frustrated at the lack of opportunities that have come his way this season. Despite clearly providing cover for Jamie Jones, Larkins was overlooked during Jones’ long term injury. The 21 year-old stopper came into the side and performed well against Gillingham and handled the big occasion at Wolves very well, especially considering his lack of first team experience. However, after conceding four at Yeovil, Eldin Jakupovic was brought in on loan.  The Hull ‘keeper obviously brought with him more experience and at a high level too, however the rushed signing of Ben Alwnick and the recruitment of Shwan Jalal (who hadn’t played in a year) suggests that the club don’t think Larkins is ready, at least not at the moment. He has many years ahead of him, but the progression of young Charlie Grainger may put Larkins’s place in doubt.

Prediction: He will go

 

Yohann Lasimant

Contract Expires: June 2014   Apps: 18   Goals: 2

Like Gorman, Lasimant hasn’t seen much action due to the players ahead of him playing so well. The Frenchman impressed with a spectacular strike against Chelmsford City and he made a vital contribution in the away game against Gillingham by scoring the winning goal for the O’s. However, Russell Slade described the signing as an unknown quantity and gamble and unfortunately Lasimant hasn’t been able to have much of an impact to breakthrough and as a result it seems unlikely that he will be kept on.

Prediction: He will go.

 

Harry Lee

Contract Expires:  June 2014  Apps: 2  Goals: 0

Due to the fact that Harry Lee has played about 15 minutes for the first team this season it’s difficult to judge him as a player. During this year he will have gained experience through training with senior pros as well as his loan spells. However the fact that central midfielders have been brought in on loan suggests that the Orient staff don’t think  he is ready for senior football yet.

Prediction: He will go.

 

Robbie Simpson

Contract Expires: June 2014  Apps: 16  Goals: 0

It just hasn’t worked out for Robbie Simpson at Brisbane Road. The striker only made a handful of starts and he didn’t manage to make an impression during his appearances as a substitute. His past suggests he is a better player than we have seen so far, but with Lisbie, Mooney, Dagnall and Batt all ahead of him in the pecking order, it seems unlikely that he will be offered a new contract.

Prediction: He will go

 

De’Reece Vanderhyde

Contract Expires: June 2014 Apps: 0  Goals: 0

De’Reece Vanderhyde is in a similar situation to Harry Lee. He has been around the squad, but he hasn’t had a chance in the side. His loan spells at Tamworth and Welling will serve him well, but it dosent seem likely that he will be kept. The pro-contract’s offered to young defenders Andys Nikolaou and Alex Finney appears to damage his chances further.

Prediction: He will go

 

Elliot Omozusi

Contract Expires: June 2014?  Apps: 50  Goals: 0

It is unclear whether Elliot Omozusi’s contract expires this summer. He initially signed a one-year deal, however it has been said that it was mentioned at the AGM that his contract extends beyond the summer.

Since returning to the club, Omozusi has been a credit to himself and Leyton Orient both on and off the pitch. He has turned his life around and made a positive contribution through community projects. In terms of playing performances, he has been able to get back to the level he was at when he left, but furthermore he has managed to improve and is now playing better than ever. Omozusi would be some fans’ player of the year which is a testament to his quality this term, but with that comes interest from other clubs. He has been linked with Championship clubs, however it remains to be seen whether he would want to leave the club that handed him a second chance just yet.

Prediction: He will stay.

 

Marvin Bartley

Contract Expires: June 2015  Apps: 29  Goals: 2

When Marvin Bartley arrived on loan from Burnley at the start of the season he was struggling for fitness and to an extent injury problems have prevented him from settling at Brisbane Road. Russell Slade was eager to make his move permanent and he snapped him up on an 18-month contract. He provides useful back-up to Romain Vincelot as a ball winner in midfield.

Prediction: He will stay

 

Shaun Batt

Contract Expires:  June 2015   Apps: 43   Goals: 9

Like Dagnall, Shaun Batt has often had to settle for a place on the bench due to the performances of Lisbie and Mooney, but he has also been able to come on and make an impact. His first start of the season yielded a hat-trick against Gilligham in the JPT, but he has often performed better when he has been introduced as a substitute. All of his goals came during three months (September, October, November), though he did suffer a bad injury that he did well to recover so quickly from and he often featured on the winger following Dagnall’s arrival. He offers versatility and pace (something Orient don’t have an abundance of ) and he can turn a game in the latter stages.

Prediction: He will stay.

 

Dean Cox

Contract Expires: June 2015  Apps: 56  Goals: 17

Every transfer window Sky Sports News wheel out transfer rumours regarding Dean Cox. This season is no different and after the incredible season that the Orient winger has had there is a very real danger that a Championship side will try to lure him away from Brisbane Road. Cox provided the second most assists in League One (13 – Bakary Sako provided 14) as well as 17 goals from midfield during 2013/14. He has been surpassing his own high standards year on year and it’s obvious that bigger clubs will have noticed his contributions. No one would begrudge  Cox a move to the Championship, a level that he longs to play at. However, it is not guaranteed that he will want to leave. Cox clearly has a strong affinity with the club and the supporters, not to mention the manager and he has shown great loyalty in the past, turning down a move to Peterborough.

Prediction: He will go if the club is right, but maybe not until January.

 

 Scott Cuthbert

Contract Expires:  June 2015  Apps: 54  Goals: 4

During his three seasons with the O’s Scott Cuthbert has produced good performances consistently. Some may have doubted his ability to play at right back before the start of the season, but those concerns proved to be unfounded as Cuthbert adapted very well and excelled in that position. As a result, Cuthbert now brings more versatility to the squad and he can also bring leadership qualities to help the O’s bounce back.

Prediction: He will stay

 

Chris Dagnall

Contract Expires: June 2015  Apps: 22   Goals: 7

Chris Dagnall’s arrival from Championship Barnsley appeared to be something of a coup for the O’s, during a time when the club needed some fresh impetus. The 28 year-old proved his worth, making an impact at the right time, namely his brace on his debut which helped Orient overcome Crewe and his 100th career goal against the Posh which helped the O’s to Wembley. He has also won over many fans with his effort and work-rate. Russell Slade was reluctant to break up the Mooney and Lisbie partnership, which meant Dagnall was often a substitute, but it seems likely that he will have a bigger role to play next season and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him as a regular starter in 2014/15.

Prediction: He will stay.

 

Kevin Lisbie

Contract Expires: June 2015  Apps: 45   Goals: 18

Having signed a new contract during the season, Kevin Lisbie will be staying with the O’s for another campaign. The veteran striker formed a formidable partnership with David Mooney and his haul of 18 goals is his best return yet in an Orient shirt. Understandably, Lisbie found it harder to maintain his own high standards as the season went on – 12 of his goals were scored before the end of October. He may have to be used more sparingly next season if Russell Slade is to get the very best out of him. However he shouldn’t be written off just yet, he played more games this season than any other in his career (he also played 45 games for Ipswich in 2008/09).

Prediction: He will stay

 

David Mooney

Contract Expires: June 2015  Apps: 48  Goals: 21

David Mooney has had a prolific season in front of goal, something that appeared unlikely at the start of his O’s career. His total haul of 21 goals is a rare feat for an Orient striker. Mooney played a key role in Orient’s historic start, scoring 9 in his first 12 games, however it would be fair to say that he wasn’t quite the same player after returning from injury and suspension over Christmas. His goalscoring could attract attention from Championship clubs, but some may be put off by the Irishman’s lack of consistency. Assuming he stays at Brisbane Road, he will be a key player for Orient next season and like the O’s, he will be out to prove the 2013/14 season wasn’t a fluke.

Prediction: He will stay

 

Moses Odubajo

Contract Expires: June 2015  Apps: 57  Goals: 12

Over the past two seasons Moses Odubajo has been a revelation. He has played in every league  game this season, which shows his importance to the team. The 20-year-old winger has not only provided 10 assists this season, he has contributed in front of goal too. However, Odubajo’s ability won’t have gone unnoticed and therefore he could be the subject of offers in the summer. Tottenham are long-term suitors, with the likes of Reading and West Ham also rumoured to be interested. Even if Orient were able to keep him during the next transfer window, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him  leave in January as he enters the last six months of his contract. Much like Daniels and Dawson before him, Odubajo can’t be allowed to leave for free next summer, therefore if the club can’t convince him to stay he will have to be sold.

Prediction: He will stay over the summer, but we will lose him before the end of January.

 

Gary Sawyer

Contract Expires: June 2015  Apps: 28   Goals: 0

Despite being the only natural left back in the squad Gary Sawyer fell down the pecking order as Elliot Omozusi was preffered for much of the season. Sawyer was given a tough time in the game against Coventry in the League Cup at the start of the season, however, his weaknesses have been overstated by some. Sawyer can’t  be  faulted for effort and in the main he has provided reliable cover throughout the season. He also has plenty of experience, having played at Championship level in the past and he is a good player to have as part of the squad, though he is unlikely to be first choice for the coming season.

Already signed a new contract.

 

Mathieu Baudry

Contract Expires:  June 2016   Apps: 46   Goals: 2

Mathieu Baudry has been an important part of Orient’s back five that has provided a solid foundation for the O’s this term. He has also continued to showcase his ability on the ball, though at times he has been caught out when bringing the ball forward. He also offers something different to Cuthbert and Clarke and the Frenchman’s style complements his fellow defenders’ approaches. Baudry also appears to have formed a close bond with the fans, he even wnet to the pub to apologise to fans following his penalty miss. There is no reason why Baudry won’t be a key figure again next season.

Prediction: He will stay

 

Nathan Clarke

Contract Expires:  June 2016   Apps: 54   Goals: 2

Nathan Clarke has a been a real leader for the O’s this season and he has helped foster a tremendous spirit within the squad. Ever present last term, Clarke has also been consistently solid defensively throughout the campaign, earning him the Player of the Year Award at the O’s. He made a  long term commitment to the club by signing a new contract during the season and he will now have the important job of lifting his teamates up as they prepare for another promotion challenge next season.

Prediction: He will stay

             

Lloyd James 

Contract Expires: June 2016  Apps: 53  Goals: 5

Few would dispute that Lloyd James has been one of the most improved players of the season. In Dean Cox’s absence during pre-season, James showcased his ability at set pieces and he shared the responsibility, producing some dangerous deliveries during the season. He was also a regular in the team that started the season so well, not only taking on the role as playmaker, but also adding goals to his game (notching 5 this term, he failed to score last season). As the season progressed he was challenged by loanees Jamie Ness and later John Lundtsram who usurped him in the starting XI. However, James showed his quality and determination which saw him regain his place by impressing as a sub in the first leg of the Play-off Semi-Final against Peterborough. He deserves a chance to build upon his good season.

Already signed a new contract

  

Romain Vincelot

Contract Expires: June 2016   Apps: 48   Goals: 0

Romain Vincelot has continued to be a driving force for the O’s this season. His energy seemingly knows no bounds and his effort has made him a popular figure at the club. He is held in high regard by most at Orient, however there is a sense that his ability is not as widely recognised outside the club. Vincelot seems to enjoy being at the O’s as much as the fans enjoy having him and as he has two years left on his contract it doesn’t seem likely that he will leave anytime soon.

Prediction: He will stay

 

Who do you think will line-up for the first game of the 2014/15 season? Who would you keep? Who would you let go? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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