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Exclusive: Conor Wilkinson eyeing Championship return but relishing life at Leyton Orient

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In-form forward Conor Wilkinson believes he is good enough to return to the Championship but is relishing life at Leyton Orient, he has exclusively revealed to Football League World.

The 26-year-old is on course to reach his highest goal tally in a single season, having found the net 10 times already this term as he’s helped the O’s push for a play-off place in League Two.

Wilkinson is out of contract in the summer and is yet to be offered a new deal despite confirmation from the club that they want to keep hold of him.

Speaking exclusively to Football League World, the Orient forward has indicated he believes he is good enough to return to the Championship but is relishing life with the east London club at the moment.

“I personally believe I can play in the Championship,” explained Wilkinson.

“That’s not me overexaggerating or trying to overachieve because I really do believe it.

“I’m quite happy right now, I’m in a good position. It is my best season to date and I’m really enjoying it.

“Hopefully, we can finish positively.”

The 26-year-old’s four appearances in the English second tier came back in the 2014/15 campaign with Bolton Wanderers but more than half a decade on, he feels he is better equipped to play at that level.

That is in the most part due to his success at Orient and he is certainly not taking his current club for granted.

He said: “Through my whole career, I’ve not really been anywhere that’s made me feel as wanted as here at Orient, I couldn’t ask for any more of that.

“I’m buzzing to go to training every day whereas some places I’ve been I haven’t really wanted to go. I felt like I was just there to get by.

“At Orient, it’s different. I go in every day, I love to see the lads. The manager’s always onto me, which is a good thing for me because he’s always trying to push me to be my best.

“I feel wanted and that brings out the best in me.”

Wilkinson will get a chance to showcase his quality against his former club on Saturday as the O’s travel to the North West to take on Bolton in League Two.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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