Youth Team product Dan Happe signed his first professional contract with the Club in October 2017.
The towering central defender was handed his debut as a third-year scholar in a 2-1 defeat against Hartlepool United on September 16, 2017.
Happe made 26 appearances for the O’s in the 2017/18 National League season.
The defender had to wait for his opportunity during the first half of the 2018/19 season as Josh Coulson and Marvin Ekpiteta put in imperious performances but his chance came against Salford City on January 5, 2019, and the 20-year-old took it with both hands.
He was named the Club’s Player of the Month for January, February, and March and the O’s changed their shape to 5-3-2 for the final months of the season in order to incorporate the youngster. The youngster’s performances soon earned himself an international call-up, as Happe was named in the England C squad to face Wales C in March 2019. Introduced in the second-half, Orient’s number 15 played 37 minutes of the 2-2 draw.
Dan’s influence in the second-half of the season was invaluable and The National League Champion was awarded the Club’s Young Player of the Season.
A contract extension was agreed in July 2019, seeing the highly-rated defender commit to the Club until 2021.