New signing Jamie Ness believes Orient is an ideal fit for him as he looks to help the club’s promotion bid.
The Scottish midfielder capped his home debut with a piledriver against Carlisle United for his first Orient goal. Ness is currently on a one-month loan from Stoke City and the 22-year-old admitted the chance to play for the East Londoners was a great opportunity.
Ness said: “I think obviously Stoke were quite keen to get me some game time and Orient came asking. They play good football and they’re challenging for promotion so obviously that’s ideal for me. As a footballer I like to pass and keep the ball and I think they’re trying to implement that at Stoke now, so to come here to a team doing that well every week is only going to help me.”
He added: “I’m really enjoying it. It’s a bit different being down in London compared to Stoke and I’m enjoying it and just looking forward to getting a few more games under my belt and seeing what happens.
“It’s obviously different because I’m from the west coast of Scotland and I’m used to the beaches and stuff like that compared to being down in the big city but I’m enjoying it.”
Ness’ first appearance for the O’s was a difficult one as he started their 4-0 FA Cup defeat at Yeovil Town. But the former Glasgow Rangers youngster insists the defeat was not as bad as it sounds.
Ness said: “I think it was a tough day for all of us [Yeovil]. I think the team was kind of thrown together because we had a lot of injuries with people missing and players just joining on loan like myself so it was obviously difficult. But we still kept working hard and I think we can take a lot from that game and really push on now in the league and focus on that.”
The Scot’s thunderous second-half goal against Carlisle won over the home supporters but Ness claims it was not as good as his spectacular effort for Rangers against Celtic in 2011.
He said: “The ball just came to me and my initial thought was to put it back in the box but then I thought I’ll have a dig here and luckily it went in the bottom corner. I think the one for Rangers was a wee bit better than the one here but it was a good strike and hopefully I will get a few more of them.”
Ness is one of four players to arrive on loan at Brisbane Road this month and he thinks the competition for places in the Orient team is ensuring all the players raise their standards.
“We’ve got a lot of competition now in the squad,” he said. “Obviously they’ve brought in myself, Jamar (Loza) and Shaq (Coulthirst) and we all came on today and made a contribution. I think the boys that are here realise that as well and everyone needs to be at the top of their game to keep playing week in, week out, so hopefully we can continue to get good results like today.”
The midfielder is only on loan from the Premier League club until February but Ness is hopeful an extension can be agreed so he can play a bigger role in Orient’s quest for Championship football.
Ness said: “It’s obviously frustrating playing Under-21 football [with Stoke] but you realise there is so much competition for places in the Premier League. We’ve got five or six top-class central midfielders there at the moment so obviously it’s going to be difficult, but I just need to be patient and hopefully coming here to Leyton Orient will help me and I will be able to progress.
“Obviously it would be great to be part of something like that [promotion] but I need to see what Stoke want to do.
“Initially they only wanted to let me go for a month and then reassess from there, so basically it will be down to Stoke, but if I’m playing well here and getting good results then it would be good to keep playing football instead of going back and not being involved as much.
“But if Stoke want me to be involved then either way I will have to wait and see what happens.”