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Charlie Long sits down for an exclusive interview with the on-loan Orient defender.
Defender Peter Ramage is looking forward to helping Leyton Orient push for the playoffs after extending his stay with the League Two side.
The 32-year-old initially joined on a 28-day loan from Coventry City in March, but ahead of Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge extended the deal until the end of the season.
“I am enjoying it, it’s a good craic and a good set of boys to train and work with both on and off the field,” said Ramage.
“Coming back to London, having spent six years here with QPR and Crystal Palace, has given me a new lease of life, and the boys here have as well. I have still got my hunger for playing and I want to carry on playing for as long as I can. Everybody says when you retire you will miss it and I will, but I just want to carry on playing for as long as possible.”
Despite being an unused substitute on Saturday, Ramage had been ever-present in the O’s defence throughout the previous five matches, and admitted he was pleased to initially move to E10 following a frustrating spell at Coventry, who he joined in January following a spell out in India with Kerala Blasters.
“India was a really good experience and I really enjoyed it. It was something at the stage of not only my career but life that I wanted to experience.
“I then went to Coventry the week before Christmas just to train, and kind of see if they wanted me as well as me wanting them and as soon as January came around they offered me a deal which was good,” added the former Newcastle defender.
“I was disappointed I didn’t make more of an impact at Coventry but I knew why I was going there. I knew it was going to be a stop gap for me, because over the Christmas period they picked up a few injuries especially in the defensive area.
“The manager outlined that I wasn’t going to play much and once the boys returned to fitness I might find myself on the sidelines, but that was purely because the boys had done so well. That’s how it panned out and the results didn’t go the way I would have liked when I played, but I still enjoyed the brief time I had there.”
Last month saw one of Ramage’s former club’s experience success at Wembley when Barnsley overcame Oxford United to win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Having witnessed that the defender wants to add another title to his CV before he hangs up his boots while also not ruling out the possibility of a longer stay with the O’s.
“I’m 32, I don’t know how many years I’ve got left but my one goal is to try and achieve more promotion or win a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy just to experience success one last time before I pack it all in,” Ramage explained.
“You can never rule anything out in football, you just don’t know what is round the corner. I have enjoyed my time here so far and if we are successful and the opportunity is there to stay here longer then great.”