Leyton Orient complete move for Chilean 'keeper

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Leyton Orient are delighted to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux on an 18-month contract pending international clearance, following his departure from Chilean top tier side, Everton de Viña del Mar.

The 26-year-old, who was born in Camden but represents Chile, is familiar to O’s Interim Head Coach, Ross Embleton, from his spell at Swindon Town.

Vigouroux began his career with Tottenham Hotspur before making the move to Merseyside where he joined Liverpool, where he established himself as first-choice goalkeeper for the U21’s. However, he didn’t make a first team appearance for the Premier League giants and made a loan move to Swindon Town in August 2015.

He made his professional debut just four days later, saving a penalty in a 4-1 win over Bradford City and the 6 foot 4 inch stopper established himself as number one, making 36 appearances before a leg injury ended his campaign. Vigouroux joined the Robins on a permanent basis for a figure estimated to be around £400,000 ahead of the 2016/17 season and he made 43 appearances, keeping 12 clean sheets and earning the Player of the Season award.

His fine form earned him a call-up to the Chile national team for the friendlies against Japan and South Korea in August 2018, where he linked up with Manchester City keeper, Claudio Bravo. His latest call-up came in March 2019 for the game against United States. Vigouroux had a short loan spell at League of Ireland Premier Division side, Waterford, in 2018 where he made 19 appearances and firmly established himself as a fan favourite. In total, he made 73 appearances for Swindon Town before departing the Club at the end of last season and moving to Chile.

Vigouroux, when speaking to leytonorient.com upon his arrival, said: “I’m very happy. It has been a long process, but I’m really happy and hopefully a sign of good things to come. [The prospect of working with Ross Embleton] was massive, I speak to Ross most days and if there was ever the opportunity to come here, it was something I wanted to do. He’s really helped me out in my career, he’s really good to talk to and he was 100% the factor in me coming here.”

Ross Embleton said, “I’m absolutely delighted. It was disappointing, not so long ago, to lose Dean Brill to a severe injury so it was a position we certainly needed to strengthen in, despite the good performances by Sam Sargeant since he came into the team.

“I think he’s going to make a very big impact here. I first saw Lawrence playing in a college team at 17 before I took him to Tottenham and he’s gone on to have an already very good career, but I think we’re going to give him a platform to kick things on again now. He’s a very, very big character, extremely naturally talented goalkeeper, very good with his feet and a very good shot-stopper.  I think he’s as exciting a goalkeeper as you’re going to find at this level.”