Orient keeper Jones is out to prove a point at Everton
New signings Cook and Rowlands are added to the O’s squad
Keeper Jamie Jones has a point to prove when Orient take on Premier League side Everton tonight in the Capital One Cup.
Jones joined the O’s from Everton four years ago and tonight will be his first opportunity of playing a senior match at Goodison Park.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper, who spent most of last season on the treatment table following a shoulder operation, said: “I played at Goodison Park in the FA Youth Cup, but it’s not the same when it’s not the first team.
“So it will be nice to get that opportunity and prove a point to David Moyes himself and all the coaches, as well as thanking them for the time that they gave me and what they taught me.
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“I do owe them a lot, because I’m still progressing as a goalkeeper now and without them I wouldn’t be in this job.”
Jones has made 99 league starts for the O’s since joining in July 2008 and he added: “I left Everton as a 19-year-old boy and now I’m a 23-year-old man.”
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Orient beat Championship side Charlton in the last round on penalties – a game Jones missed through injury. But the keeper believes the O’s can spring another cup shock.
“It’s going to be a good game and I’m looking forward to trying to put in a performance with the team that sees Orient go through,” he said.
“That’s my job as a professional for Leyton Orient, but I will be going there with a smile on my face knowing it’s an opportunity I want to take.”
Jones is sure there will be a big crowd and said: “It’s the closest game my friends and family will ever have to come and watch me.
“From where I lived in Kirkby, it’s five miles down the road to Everton, so all my mates will be there, my friends and family.
“It’s nice to give them the opportunity, because not all of them get to come down south to watch me here.
“Everton have one of the best sets of fans in the country, so I know there’s going to be a good 20,000 of them at the game and I think they know who I am. So hopefully I will get a good reception from them.”
Jones is not the only former Everton player in the O’s ranks, as new striker Michael Symes also started his career there and will be keen to impress on his return.
While recent signings Lee Cook and Martin Rowlands have been included in the squad and striker Kevin Lisbie is also available after injury.