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Hendon reveals clause in Lee’s contract

PUBLISHED: 17:31 11 January 2016 | UPDATED: 17:31 11 January 2016

Orient head coach Ian Hendon looks on (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Orient head coach Ian Hendon looks on (pic: Simon O'Connor)

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Midfielder has taken a risk by departing Brisbane Road, but the O’s have inserted a sell-on clause in his deal

Harry Lee in action for Leyton Orient, he has now joined Welling United permanently (pic: Simon O'Connor). Harry Lee in action for Leyton Orient, he has now joined Welling United permanently (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon has confirmed the Brisbane Road club have a “sizeable” sell-on clause inserted in Harry Lee’s contract after the midfielder departed for Welling United this afternoon.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed two loan spells with the National League outfit this season and now made the switch on a permanent basis.

In total he made seven appearances for the O’s after making his debut at the end of the 2012/13 campaign under the management of Russell Slade.

Many expected him to leave Orient during the last summer, but Hendon offered him a contract and hoped the youngster would fight for a spot in 2016.

But Lee has decided he wants to play first team football at Welling and the east Londoners allowed him to depart permanently.

Hendon said: “I came into the club and didn’t know too much about Harry. I offered him another contract and had a couple of calls from non-league clubs in the summer about taking him, but wanted to have a look at him myself.

“I thought he was a good size for a midfielder and I could see improvement in him so we decided to send him on loan and he has done well at Welling.

“We have been watching him and the plan was for him to go there, get that experience of playing and then bring him back to the club with the idea that he could push on and get a spot in the starting team.

“But having gone through that process, Harry has decided he doesn’t want to fight for a place and just wants to play football now and stay at Welling.

“It was a case that he doesn’t want to wait for his chance here and his contract was up in the summer so he has moved to Welling.

“We put a sizeable clause in his contract if he does get sold on from Welling so if he is to move on we will get a sizeable chunk of any transfer fee.”

On his move to Welling, Lee admitted he has taken a risk leaving Brisbane Road, but hopes it can be a decision that pays off for him.

After making 23 appearances for the Wings this year, he is keen to continue playing regularly at the Park View Road club.

“I’m delighted to get it done now, I have played 20-odd games for Welling so far and I think I have done well,” Lee told the official club website.

“I want to keep that run going, it is a risk I have taken to leave Leyton Orient, but it is the best decision for me in this moment of my career to play games and do as well as I can.

“My aim is still to play league football, I just want to do as well as I can for the team and myself and see where it gets me. I think this is the best platform for my career so far to be playing games consistently week in, week out.”

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