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NEWS: Win A Pro Contract Final Tonight

16 January 2013

Watch the Samsung Win A Pro Contract final at Brisbane Road

FANCY watching 11 lads battling it out for the chance to sign a professional contract with Leyton Orient?
 
Then get yourself down to the Matchroom Stadium tonight, January 16, for the Final of Samsung’s Win A Pro Contract competition.
 
Take your free seat in the West Stand and watch as the finalists take on an O’s XI in front of manager Russell Slade and Swindon Town boss Paolo Di Canio, who will also be offering one lucky amateur the chance to turn professional.
 
Kick-off is at 7pm and refreshments will be available in the Gallery. Gates open at 6.30pm.
 
After the Final, Russell and Paolo will invite a select group of players to train with their respective first-team squad for a week before each rewarding one with a year-long professional contract.
 
Slade said: “I’ll be assessing the ability of the players but I’m also going to be looking at their fitness, intelligence on the pitch and attitude.
 
“Whoever I pick to win a contract with Leyton Orient will have a great chance to start a long and successful professional career. But they’ll need to work very hard to make it happen.”
 
PLAYER PROFILES
 
Rory Kelly, 21
Goalkeeper currently playing for Finn Harps FC in the Irish First Division. He is a former team-mate of Sunderland winger James McClean.
 
Danny Bate, 19
Right-back currently playing for AFC Liverpool in the North West Counties Football League. He made the final of last season’s Win A Pro Contract competition.
 
Joe Hopewell, 18
Defender currently playing for Stamford AFC in the Northern Premier League Division One South.  He is a former Stoke City Academy player.
 
Jack Sherratt, 19
Midfielder currently playing for Kidsgrove Athletic in the Evo-Stik League Division One South. Jack has previously played for Port Vale Youth Team and England Schoolboys. He is close friends with last season’s Win A Pro Contract winner Chris Smith.
 
Naby Diallo, 22
Midfielder currently playing for Weston Super Mare in the Conference South Division. He is a former Bristol City Academy player.
 
Joe Noakes, 18
Defender currently playing for Hawks Academy in the Football Conference Youth Alliance. Joe’s grandad Alf Noakes played professionally for West Ham, Crystal Palace and Portsmouth during the 1950s and 60s.
 
Jake Cass, 19
Defender currently playing for Harlow Town FC in the Ryman League North Division. Formerly played for East Thurrock United, Aveley and Braintree Town. 
 
Ansu Lissa, 19
Midfielder currently playing for Tamworth FC in the Blue Square Conference Premier Division.
 
Reece Hewitt, 20
Midfielder currently playing for non-league Hertford Town. He is a former West Ham United and Preston North End player.
 
Kayden Jackson, 18
Striker currently playing for Albion Sports in the Northern Counties East League Division One. He is a former player of Blackburn Rovers.
 
Claudio Hoban, 21
Striker currently playing for Histon FC in the Conference North Division. He is a former Leicester City Academy player.


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