In an interview with the East London and West Essex Guardian, U18s boss Pete Gill has hailed the impact of Justin Edinburgh since his arrival as Leyton Orient head coach in November.

Not only has Edinburgh steadied the ship on the pitch, leading the O’s to a 13th place finish in the National League, but he has also shown a keen interest in the club’s academy, with graduates like Josh Koroma, Dan Happe and Myles Judd all finding regular game time under Orient’s head coach this season.

Young prospects Charles Clayden and Ruel Sotiriou have also made their debuts this campaign, with the former playing the last half an hour against Gateshead on the final day of the season, and U18s coach Gill has praised Edinburgh’s work with the club’s youngsters.

He said: “The gaffer has been so supportive since he’s come in. When Martin Ling first came in, he kept telling me how his squad back in the promotion year had 50% of the players from the academy. He’s really into that side of it.

“Ross Embleton has been so helpful throughout the season by helping the boys with sessions. Obviously everyone knows the work Danny Webb did with this group in particular this year and with it being such a first year heavy group, the start of this year was very tough and it’s Webb that laid the foundations for this group.

“To have those three as part of the management team, I can’t fault them and they have been absolutely brilliant with me and the players.”

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