Lisbie wants to play for two more years

Kevin Lisbie wants to play football for at least two more years.

The 36-year-old front man has this week swapped Leyton Orient for Stevenage on a month’s loan after failing to make an impact at the London club this season.

Lisbie scored 18 times for the O’s in their last campaign, helping them to the League One play-off final, where they lost to Rotherham United, but has made just eight appearances for Fabio Liverani’s side this term.

“I’m looking to play for another two years,” he said. “I scored 18 goals in League One last year. I didn’t get the chance this year but it’s given my legs more energy, the fact that I haven’t played much this year.”

Lisbie admitted that he snapped Graham Westley’s hand off when the opportunity arose to come to Stevenage after toiling near the bottom of the pecking order at Orient.


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“We had seven strikers there and, with the new lads coming in, it made it quite hard for me to get into the team,” he explained. The manager couldn’t guarantee me football, and at my age I need to be playing, especially since I’m out of contract next year. I couldn’t afford to drift by without playing.

“[Westley] asked me to come down and I snapped his hand off.”

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Lisbie made his debut in Tuesday’s goalless draw at Exeter. He felt he should have scored a debut goal, but believes he’ll open his account soon.

“The main thing was to try to get hold of the ball, get the team up the field and try to get crosses in and headers in, which I did,” he said. “I should have scored, but I haven’t played in a while so it might take me one or two games to get into the stride of things.

“When I’m fully fit, I think I’ll be good for the team.”

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