Orient boss Slade says it’s time to make your mind up

Manager wants a quick decision from three out-of-contract players

Orient manager Russell Slade has told his out-of-contract players to make a quick decision on whether they want to sign for the club or seek pastures new.

Goalkeeper Jamie Jones, midfielder Jimmy Smith and defender Andrew Whing were all offered new deals last week but, as yet, none have put pen to paper.

Slade believed that Jones had accepted his deal in principle, but things appear to have stalled.

The 22-year-old former Everton goalkeeper has been linked with moves to several clubs in the past week including Celtic, West Ham, Leicester City and Sheffield United.

Jones has made over 100 appearances for the club and although he is out of contract, O’s would still be entitled to compensation because of his age, if he decided to move on.

However, Slade explained: “Of course we’re hoping they stay with us, that’s why we offered them deals and I hope they want to be part of what we are doing here.

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“But if they feel the grass is greener and want to move on, I would rather know.

“They have had confirmation of their terms and I would like to know if they are going to sign, because if that’s not the case then I will move on.”

Officially, the trio do not have to give an answer, as they have up to 28 days to make a decision.

But Slade is keen to get things sorted out quickly.

“I want people here who want to be here,” explained Slade.

“This is an important time and if plan A doesn’t materialise, then I want to move on to plan B or C.”