Young midfielder Brendon Shabani has signed his first professional contract at Leyton Orient.
The 17-year old has worked his way up through the Orient youth ranks and was named on the bench for the Buildbase FA Trophy third-round win over Blyth Spartans in February.
Shortly after signing his two-year deal he told us, “I’ve been at the club since I was 12 years old and it’s any boy’s dream to sign for a club as big as Leyton Orient. Now it’s about pushing on to be the best I can be.”
Reflecting on the recent passing of Head Coach Justin Edinburgh, Brendon continued, “Ever since I came into pre-season training as a first-year scholar, the gaffer put his faith in me straightaway.
"We’d have chats and as a youngster if you have the first team manager guiding you and giving you advice, it means the world. Without him none of this would have happened, so I’m going to do everything I can to make him proud and I want to thank him.”
Pre-season training commences later this week and a smiling Brendon said, “I’m so excited but I know it’s going to be a hard pre-season. There will be lots of running but it’ll be good to be a part of and I can’t wait to kick on ahead of the new season.”