Leyton Orient’s goalkeeping coach, Dean Brill, will join Spurs this summer to take on a role with the club’s Under-23 and Under-18 squads.
35-year-old Brill joins the Academy coaching team at Hotspur Way and, with 400 career appearences to his name, it is hoped Brill’s experience will aid the development of a clutch of talented goalkeepers in the youth set up.
Brill’s career highlights include a Football League Trophy win with boyhood club Luton Town, lifting the Scottish Cup with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and helping Leyton Orient back into the Football League by winning the National League title.
Brill had originally been brought to Leyton Orient as a goalkeeping coach in 2017 after a bad injury in Scotland, but under former Spur, the late Justin Edinburgh, Brill came out of retirement and became a key member of the league winning side.
Brill retired from playing for good in January of last year to join the O’s coaching staff – speaking to the Leyton Orient website, he said: “It’s been a crazy four years, and to finish back where I started, and to get the experience to go on to try my hand at something else, which is developing young goalies, something I’m really passionate about...It’s so special to see these young players develop, and to pass on your experiences to help them grow.“
Those ‘young goalies’ include prospects Thimothee Lo-Tutala and Isak Solberg and it is hoped Brill’s influence will see a homegrown talent challenge for a first team spot in the coming years.
Welcome to Hotspur Way, Dean!