The 28-year-old centre-back joins The O’s from Championship side Rotherham United for whom he won promotion to the Championship last season, following a promotion from League Two to League One with Bury the season before.
“I think it’s a club going in the right direction,” said Thompson. “This is a club with a rich history; a big club.”
The ex-Watford man described his qualities as a defender: “I’m a good communicator and I like to get on the ball and play football. I’m not shy of a dirty game either. I’m versatile too and can play in a number of positions.”
Head Coach Ross Embleton singled out Thompson’s experience as a key quality. “He’s a driven individual. We feel we’re bringing in a player that is experienced at this level and the levels above. He wants to come to Leyton Orient. He wants to play.”
A large portion of Thompson’s Football League experience came a short distance away, at rivals Southend United – where the defender made over 100 appearances for The Shrimpers.
The Northern Irishman is the third new signing this window, following Dan Kemp from West Ham and Nick Freeman from Wycombe Wanderers. Thompson will take the number 29 shirt and trained with his new teammates yesterday.
Unfortunately, Thompson was signed after the deadline and will not be available for selection.
The O’s face Bolton Wanderers this Saturday at the University of Bolton Stadium, and will hope to replicate October’s four-midable performance against the trotters.