PETER KITCHEN insisted there were no real surprises amongst Leyton Orient’s retained list, although the former frontman hoped contract negotiations and another opportunity with loanees would provide the club with a firm foundation for a promotion push once football returns.
Arthur Janata, Dale Gorman, James Alabi and Matt Harrold will be departing the Breyer Group Stadium, while the club a discussing new deals with Marvin Ekpiteta, Jobi McAnuff, Ruel Sotiriou and Shadrach Ogie.
“I don’t think anyone will be too shocked with those leaving,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“Time doesn’t stand still in football – players move on and hopefully, they will all find new clubs and go on to have successful careers.
“I think it’s important that they find a way to keep the quartet negotiating new contracts. I think with them secure and perhaps finding a way to bring in Ouss Cisse permanently will leave the O’s in a strong position come the new season.”
Kitchen continued: “I think we have to be brave and ensure the young players get game time. The likes of Ruel Sotiriou, Shadrach Ogie and Hector Kyprianou are exciting prospects. There ability and enthusiasm will be crucial if Orient are to challenge for promotion. But we have plenty of experience remaining in the group. Lots of clubs are clearing out their senior professionals and although it will be good to see so many young players getting an opportunity in the EFL, League Two can be extremely ruthless if you field too many at once without one or two alongside them who know the division.”
Kitchen admitted he would like to see George Marsh return following his successful loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur, but believed the 21-year-old midfielder might be tested at a higher level.
“I think Tottenham see him as a big future talent,” he added.
“I’d love to see him back at Orient – particularly as he has a few games behind him. But Tottenham might want to send him out in League One or even the Championship? We’ll have to wait and see.”
The list of Leyton Orient players remaining under contract and retained is as follows;
Sam Sargeant, Lawrence Vigouroux, Sam Ling, Joe Widdowson, Josh Coulson, Myles Judd, Dan Happe, Jamie Turley, Jayden Sweeney, Craig Clay, Jordan Maguire-Drew, James Dayton, James Brophy, Hector Kyprianou, Brendon Shabani, Josh Wright, Conor Wilkinson, Louis Dennis, Lee Angol, Danny Johnson
Those the club are negotiating new contracts with are;
Marvin Ekpiteta, Jobi McAnuff, Ruel Sotiriou and Shadrach Ogie
Loan players returning to their parent club are;
George Marsh, Ouss Cisse, Kaziah Sterling
Players released are;
Arthur Janata, Dale Gorman, James Alabi and Matt Harrold