PETER KITCHEN was delighted to see that talented teenage frontman, Ruel Sotiriou, has agreed to stay with Leyton Orient. Nevertheless, the Brisbane Road legend insisted it is now up to the player to prove his worth and fire the O’s towards the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.
The Cypriot under 21 international has penned a two-year deal with the east Londoners, ending speculation of a move away, with Peterborough United believed to be amongst the interested parties in the 19-year-olds signature.
“It’s excellent news that Ruel has signed a new deal – it will give both him and the club a great opportunity to realise his goal-scoring potential,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“Ruel is at a club where he will feel confident and comfortable around the players and staff. That’s very important for a young footballer trying to establish himself as a regular in the first team.
Sotiriou’s future with the O’s had been in some doubt for several months, something Kitchen believes wasn’t all his own doing: “I’ve always suspected that some of the recent transfer speculation surrounding him may have been generated by his representative to get the best possible terms for a new deal.
“That’s quite understandable with contract negotiations, but it would also have been very unsettling for him.
However, whilst there has been undoubted interest in his services from other EFL clubs, the current financial climate facing most in the lower divisions would see them looking for the finished article, with little spare cash to bring in and develop a player.”
Kitchen added: “It’s now up to the lad himself to knuckle down, work hard and justify the faith the club has in his talent. He must show Ross Embleton that he deserves an extended run in the team by performing consistently well and scoring goals.”