Goalkeeper Arthur Janata, midfielder Dale Gorman and forwards James Alabi and Matt Harrold have been announced to be leaving The O’s.
I signed Arthur as an eight year old in our academy, so to be the manager that releases him is tough.
He’s a great lad and probably unrecognised in the part that he’s played in the squad despite not making first-team appearances.
His attitude and work rate is something that always needs to be recognised, and we wish him well in the future, which will also include coaching in The O’s Academy.
Dale and I developed a really strong relationship in our promotion season – in terms of football, but also personally as well.
For one reason or another, it didn’t pan out as we both hoped, but he leaves having played a big part in getting promoted.
He’s a good character and one I’ll stay in touch with, but unfortunately his future lies elsewhere, and so for both parties it was the right decision.
The supporters quickly saw what a great personality he had, and he was always a huge character amongst the squad.
We really enjoyed working with him in his two years here, but he wasn’t able to get the minutes on the pitch he would have wanted this season.
We thank him for his valuable contribution during the promotion season, and wish him well for the future.
A huge crowd favourite, whose contribution at the club will be remembered with everyone associated with Leyton Orient for many years to come, not least for his crucial late goals in our title winning season.
Of course, I’m disappointed to see Matt leaving the club as I developed a great relationship with him, but I stay hopeful of working again with him in the future.