Orient snap up defender Omar Beckles

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The Club are delighted to confirm the signing of defender Omar Beckles, on a two-year deal.

The dominating centre-back, who rejected a new deal at Crewe Alexandra, is our second new face following Darren Pratley, who signed earlier this month.

“I’m delighted to be here; to be back home.”

I’m really excited to get going. Looking at the intent of the Club and Kenny coming in – the time was right.

“The gaffer is a big part of me coming here. I don’t see him as a League Two Manager at all. For me that’s a sign of intent of the direction this Club wants to go. That played a massive part for me.”

Listen to Omar’s full interview, here

Manager Kenny Jackett highlighted Beckles’ physical attributes after confirming the signing of the central defender.

“I’m really pleased to add Omar to our group,” said Jackett. “He’ll come into the team and add athleticism and pace to the backline, as well as experience, which he has at a higher level with both Crewe and Shrewsbury.

“He was keen to come back to London, that was important for his next move, he had plenty of offers around the country, but wanted to come here.

“He’s someone I’ve known for quite a number of years, since my Millwall days, and have followed his career. With his traits, I think his best years as a centre back are ahead of him.

“It’s a tough division we’re going into this year, and we need enough competition, experience and quality to start well and sustain it.”

Born in Leytonstone, the Grenadian international returns to London after featuring 43 times for Crewe last season.

Prior to his time at The Alex, the 29-year-old spent three seasons in League One with Shrewsbury Town. The defender’s first football league club was Accrington Stanley, who he joined in 2016, after six seasons in non-league football.

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