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Hot-shot Cureton happy to help charitable causes

PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 May 2015

Jamie Cureton in his Orient days

Jamie Cureton in his Orient days

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Striker returns to O’s to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK

Former Leyton Orient striker Jamie Cureton will make his return to Brisbane Road later this month when he takes part in a charity match.

Cureton joined the O’s in 2011 and went on to make 22 appearances in all compeitions in his solitary season with the club.

On May 31 the 39-year-old will be donning the famous red shirt once more as he lines up for Orient against a Men United XI with the game raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.

And Cureton revealed he was more than happy to help a cause that has affected his family in the past.

“My dad had cancer so it’s something that’s close to my heart,” said the forward who currently plays for Dagenham & Redbridge.

“Whenever you’re asked to do something for charity, if you can do it then you’re more than happy to help.

“I was asked to take part by my good friend Ade Akinbiyi. It will be nice going back to my old club as well.”

The evergreen attacker freely admits his time in east London was a difficult one, netting just once during his year there.

That strike came away from home against Carlisle and Cureton is hoping he can finally hit the net at Brisbane Road.

“It would be nice to score there after not doing it in my time with the club!” he joked.

“I enjoyed my time at Orient, but football-wise it wasn’t great. I didn’t score at the start of my time there and found myself in and out of the team.

“I’ve gone on to score a lot of goals afterwards, but it just didn’t work out for me, which was unfortunate.”

Cureton left the club three years ago to rejoin Exeter City, the club who he moved to London from, and had a loan spell with during his time with the O’s.

Despite finding his opportunities limited during his time with Orient, the attacker admits he still keeps an eye out to see how his former team are faring.

And he says the club’s tumultuous season following a promotion challenge that went down to the wire was disappointing to see.

“The year they were in the play-offs was tremendous for them. Then came the takeover and you thought success would follow,” he added.

“It hasn’t worked out for them and it shows that there’s not always success when there’s lots of cash involved.

“Russell Slade had built a really good squad, but he was forced out early on and after that the squad was ripped apart.

“There were a few changes in management there, but they didn’t get it right. It must be disappointing for the fans. It’s not going to be easy getting out of League Two.”

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