All quiet but Jason keeps on the move
ORIENT manager Geraint Williams insists there is no panic, despite a lack of summer arrivals at Brisbane Road, writes TREVOR DAVIES. Although Scott McGleish, Andrew Cave-Brown and Loick Pires have agreed new deals, the O s have just 14 players signed for
ORIENT manager Geraint Williams insists there is no panic, despite a lack of summer arrivals at Brisbane Road, writes TREVOR DAVIES.
Although Scott McGleish, Andrew Cave-Brown and Loick Pires have agreed new deals, the O's have just 14 players signed for next season.
But Williams said: "I would like to get my players in place and things tied up quickly, but football is not always like that.
"As soon as the season ends, players just want to get away on holiday, and how many big deals are going through at the moment?
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"We are on the phone and talking to agents. It's all very quiet, but things will pick up and there will be players coming in."
There is still no definite news on midfielder Sean Thornton, who was the other player to be offered a contract, and it seems he is keeping his options open.
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Players have 28 days to make up their minds after being offered a new deal and with the deadline set to expire, it looks as if Thornton does not want to commit himself.
Williams was keeping his cards close to his chest, and said: "We have had conversations with Sean, but there is nothing to report."
The only busy man at the moment appears to be midfield star Jason Demetriou, who won his third cap for Cyprus last weekend, when he came on as a half-time substitute in a 1-0 friendly defeat by Canada.
The 21-year-old has been training with his Cyprus team-mates for the last 10 days, as they prepare for the weekend's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro in Larnaca.
Cyprus are currently fourth in a six-strong group, with four points from five games and Demetriou is desperate to be involved in the World Cup clash: "I love the experience of being away with Cyprus again," he said.
"This coming Saturday could be a big day in my career. It would mean a lot to play in a World Cup qualifier.
"It's going to be a hard week and, hopefully, it will end with me being involved in some way.
"I'm certainly looking forward to it. This kind of experience is invaluable to me.