Date: 2nd August 2013 at 11:39am
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In his latest blog exclusively for VitalOrient Charlie Long looks ahead to first couple of games ahead of the new season.

Three months on from the 2011/2012 season finale against Oldham, it is time for us to brace ourselves for the new Sky Bet League One season which begins on Saturday. First up for Orient is the dreaded away trip to Carlisle… well at least that`s ticked off of the list early on and not on a cold Tuesday night over the Christmas period!

With Orient having announced the two signings of trialist Johnny Gorman on a one year deal and the loan of Marvin Bartley from Burnley, the squad now has added depth and options to choose from in midfield. After signing for the club, Gorman expressed his belief that the club can go one further than last season and make the play offs which suggests that the team feel that the targets set for the season are more than achievable. Despite Orient just having announced two midfield signings, it would also be nice to see former youth team player, Harrison Georgiou, be rewarded with a deal. After not being offered a professional contract at the end of last season, Georgiou was then offered a trial period for the whole of pre season to see if he can make the step up to professional football. Against Arsenal on Tuesday night he looked lively in the second half and showed some neat touches and good vision playing just behind the striker and also was the stand out performer against St. Albans last Friday, scoring Orients goal in the 2-1 defeat.

As mentioned at the beginning, Carlisle away is not the first fixture players and fans look out for in excitement when the fixtures are announced but it is always the one that is happily ticked off once the match is over. It`s probably a bit too optimistic to expect a performance like we produced at Brunton Park last season when we walked away 4-1 winners on a day that Greg Abbott would have wanted to move on from quite sharply. After finishing last season in 17th position, Carlisle managed to keep their star striker and captain Lee Miller away from the clutches of other clubs in the league and have had a steady pre season in which they ended with a 2-2 draw against Scottish side Kilmarnock last Friday. Greg Abbott has added David Amoo to his frontline to partner Miller and the Carlisle fans will be hoping the pair will cause the Orient defence a few problems come Saturday afternoon, meaning Clarke and Baudry will have to be alert to the threat of the strikers at all times.

After the Carlisle match it is swiftly on to Tuesday night`s match against Coventry City in the Capital One Cup, who start their league campaign away to Crawley Town on Saturday and will be hoping people will start to talk about matters on the pitch rather than off it such as the financial state of the club and the issues regarding the Ricoh Arena, resulting in them agreeing a deal to ground share with Northampton town for the foreseeable future. Steven Pressley has not been able to add to his squad as he would have liked to due to the club being placed under a transfer embargo so Coventry`s squad for the forthcoming season mainly consists of players promoted from the youth team. With tickets being buy one get one free for the Coventry match, it will hopefully see a good crowd get right behind the team for the first competitive home match of the season.

With all that being said, there is one last thing to say…

Come on you O`s!