ORIENT captain Nathan Clarke has committed his future to the club by signing a new two-year contract.
Clarke has been ever-present for the O’s in League 1 this season and will now be staying in E10 until 2016 after his current contract was due to expire at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old joined Orient in time for the start of the 2012-13 season and was immediately installed as captain following his release from Huddersfield Town. Since then he has gone on to make 72 appearances in an O’s shirt whilst also recently passed the milestone of 400 career starts.
Clarke said: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign a new contract here. I love the club and being captain is a great honour. I feel like the club is going in the right direction and it is something that I want to be a part of.
“As a player you want that security and I’m glad it has been sorted out so I can put that to one side now, move my family down here and concentrate on the football and getting promotion which is our aim.”
Meanwhile O’s boss Russell Slade is thrilled that his captain has signed the new deal.
“Nathan has been instrumental in everything we’ve achieved this season,” he said. “He’s a model of consistency, leads by example and never shirks his responsibilities on and off the field. The fact that he will remain as our captain for the foreseeable future is just fantastic news for everyone.”
Stay tuned for a full video interview with the O’s skipper on www.leytonorient.com and www.youtube.com/OrientOfficial