Leyton Orient are delighted to confirm the signing of attacker Louis Dennis from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.
The 26-year-old, who can play as a winger and as a forward, joined Pompey on May 23 2018, but was limited to just eight appearances although he netted once and set-up four goals. He was a major factor in Kenny Jackett’s side’s EFL Trophy run, being named Player of the Round for Round Three.
Dennis began his career with London rivals Dagenham & Redbridge before moving to Bromley in 2014. He netted 47 goals in 157 appearances for the Ravens, his best season coming in 2017-18 as he hit 22 goals in 54 games, also assisting on eight occasions in the National League that season.
The Hendon-born attacker is renowned for his skilful dribbling and pace and has enjoyed a positive pre-season for the League One side, scoring two goals and two assists in his handful of appearances.
Interim Head Coach Ross Embleton told leytonorient.com: “It’s taken us a massive chunk of the summer to finally get here. Louis has been a player that we’ve admired at the Club since we came up against him in our first season in the National League, he got a fantastic move to Portsmouth, but as soon as we got the opportunity to bring him to this Club it’s one we began to pursue.
Embleton on why he was happy to wait on Dennis: “His natural ability and talent, when you look across all levels of football, the players that make you sit up and get up out of your seat. Those ones that have that extra bit of ability and the talent to go past people and make something happen. Louis has certainly got that, we’ve watched him on a number of occasions, studied all of his footage and he is a player of real ability. So we’re going to allow him to go out there and express himself like we do with all the players. But he’s got the natural ability that will hopefully excite people.”
Louis will wear the number 17 for the forthcoming League Two season.