Midfield ace wants Orient to move on

“We can’t go backwards” says Spring

Orient midfielder Matt Spring wants to put the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs behind him and help the club kick on again next season.

The O’s will record their highest-ever finish since winning promotion to League One five seasons ago and until last weekend’s defeat by Tranmere Rovers were still in with a shout of gatecrashing the top six.

O’s also held Arsenal in the FA Cup before losing in a fifth round replay and it’s been a good season for a side, tipped by some bookies to go down.

Spring, has flourished under manager Russell Slade, who has turned the club around after saving them from relegation last season, and the midfielder is hopeful the O’s will kick on again next season.

“We have got to move on from here, we can’t go backwards,” said Spring.

“We have set our standards and this is where we need to be.

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Despite the disappointment of losing to Tranmere last weekend, Spring is happy with what the club have achieved this season.

“It would have been nice to have taken it to the last game, but it’s been a good season for the club overall and we have got to take the positives out of the whole season,” explained the midfielder.

“It’s hard when you lose people like Revs (Alex Revell), whose energy you can’t really replace.

“We have been without Chors (Ben Chorley) and Jimmy (Smith) and it’s difficult when you have got a small squad and have to patch it up and play people out of position.

“It’s been tough, but we have dug in and done well to get to where we have.

“We have punched above our weight a bit, if you look where we were three months into the season and look where we have ended up.

“It’s been a fantastic season and we have got to be happy with what we have achieved.”

Spring is delighted to have been involved this season and added: “I’d not played regularly for a season and a half.

“I have played 48 games this season, so I am happy and it’s nice to be back playing and feeling wanted again.”

Spring will be looking to make it game number 49 when the O’s travel to Plymouth on Saturday and he is keen that Orient finish with a flourish.

“We have got one game to go and we don’t want the season to fizzle out,” said the 31-year-old former Charlton man.

“We will go to Plymouth with the same mental attitude that we have done all season.

“We will try and win the game and see where we come in the table.”