Spence happy at Orient

Jordan Spence is loving life on loan at League One side Leyton Orient.

The England Under-19 defender is enjoying his second spell at Brisbane Road this season, helping Geraint Williams' O's climb clear of the relegation zone with a run of three straight victories this month.

Wins over Brighton and Hove Albion, Carlisle United and Stockport County have lifted Orient into 17th place, seven points clear of the bottom four, and Spence is eager to ensure the club does not slip back into trouble during the final eight weeks of the campaign.

"It's going well. We've had three wins out of three in the past week. It was a big week for us as it's seen us go seven points clear of the relegation area so we're moving in the right direction. Hopefully we can continue on our good run and a run of wins and could find ourselves safe before the last day of the season.

"They are a great bunch of lads down there. The new manager has come in and had faith in me and hopefully I'm repaying that faith. We're now out of the bottom-four and performing well."

A regular in West Ham's Under-18 and reserve teams over the past two seasons, Academy graduate Spence has been widely tipped to have a very bright future in the game.

Capped by England at Under-16, 17, 18 and 19 level, the intelligent and versatile defender is used to performing on the big stage, having scored the winner when captaining his country against Brazil at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup. However, Spence admits he is relishing the challenge of playing week-in, week-out in a demanding league.

"Obviously it's different [from playing for West Ham or England] but there's a really good spirit in the dressing room. We all want to be part of the starting eleven and that competitive spirit is helping us to get out of the situation we were in.

"We've played a number of games in front of crowds of 6,000 or 7,000 which has its own sort of pressure because you need to fight for the three points week-in, week-out. I'd obviously not experienced that before and, because we were in such a precarious position initially, everything was critical. It's certainly a different sort of pressure but pressure that I enjoy and hopefully I'm thriving under it."