NEWS: O's add striker

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Leyton Orient have completed the signing of striker Ollie Palmer from fellow League Two side Mansfield Town for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the O’s after spending the back end of last season on loan at Conference Premier side Grimsby Town as they just missed out on promotion back to the Football League via a penalty shoot-out in the play-off final at Wembley against Bristol Rovers.

During his time with the Mariners he netted eight goals in 15 games, including two in the Conference Premier play-off semi-final second leg against Eastleigh.

On the signing of Palmer, head coach Ian Hendon told “Ollie is a big striker but there is a lot more to his game. He has good feet and he’s a good finisher as well, but more importantly he is hard worker and he will fit in well.

“He was desperate to come to Orient and there was interest from other Football League clubs. I put in a lot of hard work with Ollie in order to get him in, as I have done with all our other signings.”

The Epsom-born striker had made the step up into the Football League with Mansfield Town, after scoring 37 goals in 64 league game for Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville between 2011 and 2013.

Palmer opened the Stags account back in the Football League as he scored the decisive goal in the 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers.

Prior to his spell with Havant, Palmer has progressed through the youth ranks at Woking, before loan spells with St Albans City and Boreham Wood.

Palmer is the fifth summer signing for the O’s following on from Sean Clohessy, Sammy Moore, Paul McCallum and Blair Turgott putting pen to paper at Orient.

Ollie first interview as an O’s Player will follow shortly on YouTube and Orient PlayerHD.