Academy 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.
Happe reached his 100th game with the club at just 21 years of age, a remarkable achievement. He went on to make 40 league appearances in the 20/21 campaign, before signing a two-year contract extension on June 21st.