James Becomes Signing Number Eight

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LLOYD JAMES became the fourth new arrival of a busy week for the O’s as manager Russell Slade continues to shape his squad ahead of the 2012/13 campaign.

Former Colchester and Southampton midfielder James, 24, makes the move down the A12 from Colchester on a two-year contract and is the eighth new player to link up with the east Londoners this summer.

He spent the previous two seasons at the Weston Homes Community Stadium club and, having impressed whilst on trial in E10, is looking forward to a new challenge with the O’s.

“I’ve been in since the start of pre-season and I’ve enjoyed my time here, so I’m delighted to get it all sorted,” he said.

“I can play midfield, right back – wherever the manager asks me to play I’m happy to play there.”

Born in Bristol, he came through the ranks at Southampton, where he was a FA Youth Cup runner up in 2005.

He made his debut for the Wales U21 side the same year and played 71 League games for the Saints prior to his release in 2010.

Colchester was his next stop and he featured in a further 51 League 1 matches for the U’s, as well as spending a brief loan spell with League 2 promotion winners Crawley Town last term.