Is it the last shout for defender Gilbert at Orient?

ORIENT boss Geraint Williams has admitted that there could be more players arriving before the start of the season - but Peter Gilbert will not be one of them, writes TREVOR DAVIES. There are still one or two places, if we can find people who are good en

ORIENT boss Geraint Williams has admitted that there could be more players arriving before the start of the season - but Peter Gilbert will not be one of them, writes TREVOR DAVIES.

"There are still one or two places, if we can find people who are good enough and can fit into the budget," explained Williams, after Saturday's game against Newcastle.

The priority appears to be a left back, as the O's boss is short of experienced defenders.

Former Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday full back Peter Gilbert, who was released by the Owls at the end of last season, played for the O's at Bishop's Stortford last Thursday and also came on at half-time against Newcastle United.

But the 25-year-old, who started his career at Birmingham and played for Plymouth, before joining Leicester City in a �2m deal four years ago, has left the club and was not involved in Tuesday's friendly at Hayes & Yeading.

"The back four is a little short of numbers and it's an area we're looking at," said Williams.

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With budgets tight, the O's boss knows he cannot have experienced players sitting around and added: "It's part of life in this league, you cannot have two quality players in every position.

"There will be times when we have to juggle people around.

"But we are always on the look out to see if we can pick up any bargains."

And Williams will also be looking to make good use of the loan market again.

"We will have to," he said. "Last season we had Scott McGleish, Simon Church, Jimmy Smith and Jordan Spence in on loan and they played a massive part in us staying up.

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