Dean Brill says it’s a “pleasure” to play for Leyton Orient after the goalkeeper reached 100 appearances for the club against Carlisle United.

Brill joined the club in 2017 as a goalkeeping coach but was soon brought into the side by Justin Edinburgh, and he quickly established himself as the first-choice at the club, something that remained under the stewardship of Ross Embleton and appears to be remaining under new boss Carl Fletcher.

Speaking to the club website, Brill said: “It’s a fantastic feeling. I’ve loved every single one. It’s a pleasure to play for the club and I’m obviously grateful to Justin for giving me my chance just under two years ago now and I’ve enjoyed every single one of them.

“I was still relatively young in goalkeeping terms [when I joined] and I held a flame that maybe I would get a chance, obviously not in the circumstances with the way that season was going, but I’m just grateful for every appearance and I’ve enjoyed every single minute.

“There’s been some fantastic memories, fantastic people, fantastic friends, what more could you want? To get a chance to play when it looked like your career was flailing out in a playing sense, to then come back and win a league at a club like this, I’m extremely grateful.”

The 100-game mark sees Brill surpass the appearance number he made in his first spell at hometown club Luton Town, although a second stint with the Hatters brought another 12 outings.

Brill is just one of three Orient players to have also started all 16 league games this season, along with first-team captain Josh Coulson and midfielder Josh Wright.