CENTRAL DEFENDER Ben Chorley has today (Thursday) left the club and signed for Stevenage.
The club have come to an agreement with Stevenage allowing the player, who was out of contract in the summer, to join them with immediate effect, bringing to an end a three and a half year spell with the club.
Stevenage were in a position to offer Chorley a longer contract than Orient and the club have decided to not stand in his way and allowed him to make the move to Broadhall Way.
Former O’s boss Geraint Williams signed Chorley in July 2009 following his departure from Tranmere Rovers and the centre back went on to make 159 appearances for the club and weighed in with nine goals, a number of which coming from the penalty spot.
The former Arsenal man has been a great servant of the club and was a key member of the 2010/11 side which reached the fifth round of the FA Cup and came close to reaching the play-offs. He has also played 34 times this season and has worn the captain’s armband recently in Nathan Clarke’s absence.
Orient manager Russell Slade spoke of his gratitude for the defender’s efforts during his time in E10.
“Ben has been a great servant to the football club and we thank him for all his efforts in an Orient shirt.” Said Russell.
“He’s at an age where he has to consider longevity and we were not in a position to offer him what Stevenage have. The entire process was handled very professionally and amicably and we wish him all the best.”