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Monday, March 4, 2013
Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade is hoping defender Mathieu Baudry will follow team-mates Kevin Lisbie and Moses Odubajo by agreeing a new deal at Brisbane Road.
The French centre-back, who joined the Os last summer on a free transfer from Bournemouth, has become a key member of Slade’s side, missing just one game since November.
Although the 25-year-old is under contract for another year, Slade is keen to tie him to a longer deal after striker Lisbie and winger Odubajo signed contract extensions recently.
“We’re looking to extend Mathieu Baudry’s contract and there are other players I’ve got to speak to and ensure we’ve got a good solid base to work from,” said the Orient manager.
“We’re enjoying our football and want to get as many points as we can – we’re still onwards and upwards. The good thing is we’ve got the nucleus of a side, whether it’s this season or next, to push on again.”
Baudry played a significant part in the Os’ 3-1 victory over his old club on Saturday, holding the back line together and also initiating the moves that enabled Charlie MacDonald to score twice.
Although Bournemouth pulled a goal back through Brett Pitman, Orient made the game safe when Lisbie – making his first appearance after a two-month injury absence – converted Odubajo’s cross to make it 3-1.
“We had a bad week and we’ve put that behind us with four points from six against two very talented sides,” added Slade. “For Lis to get a goal on his return was fairytale stuff.
“Everybody gets injuries from time to time and you have to try and cope with them. It’s not easy to have someone like Lis out of the side, but it shows how far we’ve come as a group that we have coped.”
MacDonald is expected to lead the line again when Orient travel to Notts County on Wednesday, with fellow frontman Shaun Batt still ruled out by a hamstring injury.