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Byrne, Papadopoulos and Young sign professional deals

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Young trio Rhys Byrne, Antony Papadopoulos and Matt Young have signed professional deals with Leyton Orient.

Following a season of hard work, development, and involvement in and around the first team, the three put pen to paper on their first contracts.

The contracts are all one year deals, with the option of a further year in the club’s favour.

Matt Young, who made his first-team debut away at Salford City in the final game of last season’s campaign, was delighted to see his hard work pay off.

“It was a proud day for me and my family; as a kid you dream of playing the professional game, and it was incredible to achieve that.”

“Being in the first-team environment, you pick up things every day which help you learn. Previous managers and players have really helped me massively.”

Rhys Byrne, who has been training with the first-team squad for a large part of the season, spoke highly of his experiences with the likes of coach Dean Brill, and players Sam Sargeant and Lawrence Vigouroux.

“They’ve been so helpful for me coming in. Coming into the first team as a young player can be quite intimidating, but they made me feel so comfortable, taught me everything I need to know, and really helped me out.”

Having won the Youth Team Player of the Year for his performances in the academy, Antony Papadopoulos is delighted to have signed his contract, hailing it as a dream come true.

“At the start I was nervous, but the players helped me settle and helped me improve, and it’s been a really good experience.

“I’ve always wanted to be a professional footballer, and it’s been my aim since I signed here for the under 15’s.

“It’s a dream come true, and I’d like to thank all the coaches that have helped me.”

To hear from the lads in full, you can watch their interviews on our YouTube channel now.

The trio are the latest to commit their future to The O’s, following the announcement of Craig Clay’s two-year extension.

Click here to hear from Craig on his new deal, and aspirations under new manager Kenny Jackett.