Martin Ling Reflects on 2021 Retained List

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Director of Football Martin Ling has paid homage to the National League winning players who will depart Leyton Orient, whilst looking ahead to an exciting summer.

 

“In terms of the players, we say goodbye to that nucleus of players that were with us right from the start of the rebuild; the likes of Josh Coulson, James Dayton, Joe Widdowson and Myles Judd,” said Ling.

“And not long after that, the likes of Sam [Ling] and later Jamie Turley and Jordan Maguire-Drew, who all played their roles in what we achieved.”

“It’s important we thank them for the work they put in, and recognise they will always be a big part of our history, in getting us out of the National League. “

“They deserve a special recognition, as they helped us get the club to where it is as this precise moment.”

 

“They will always be a big part of our history.”

 

Academy Graduates

“We have three scholarship lads who we’ve offered the chance to turn pro, and it’s important we always have this supply line from our academy,” continues Ling.

Matt Young, Rhys Byrne and Anthony Papadopoulos have all earned the right to become professional, and will now be able to give it their best shot.”

“They all have talent, but it’s just the start of a journey, so it will be a big year for them next year.”

“The academy is something close to my, and of course the supporters’ hearts, so we’re delighted to see these three progress.”

A Big Summer

Orient will also say goodbye to Louis Dennis, Lee Angol and Brendon Shabani, whilst Tunji Akonola, Nick Freeman and Tristan Abrahams loan deals expire.

“We know that it’s a big summer for us, and there’s an awful lot of players that are going to come available,” says Ling.

“But what’s exciting is that, even if all of the players we have offered contacts to sign, there is still a lot of room for the new manager to come in and scope the squad they want.”

“We won’t be making any signings whilst we conclude the process to bring the new manager in, and they will be a big part of that process for shaping that squad, as we look towards next season.”

“There is a lot of room for the new manager to come in and scope the squad they want.”

To view the full retained list for the year, click here.

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