Hendon brings former Sunderland defender to Brisbane Road

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo). - Credit: David Simpson/TGS Photo

Frenchman Jean-Yves M’voto has joined Leyton Orient to increase the squad depth at the club

Leyton Orient have completed the signing of French defender Jean-Yves M’voto on a two-month deal.

The 27-year-old’s move to Brisbane Road was confirmed this afternoon and is a timely boost for Ian Hendon and co.

Connor Essam began the season as first-choice alongside O’s captain Mathieu Baudry, but suffered an ankle injury recently and is likely to remain out until the New Year.

Alan Dunne filled the void against Hartlepool United, but M’voto has joined the east Londoners to increase the squad depth at the club.


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Paul McCallum and Dean Cox have both suffered cruciate ligament damage recently and are set to miss the rest of the campaign, which contributed towards Orient only naming five substitutes at Hartlepool on Sunday.

After signing, M’voto is expected to start today (Saturday) against York City alongside Baudry at the heart of the O’s defence.

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He boasts a wealth of experience having originally began his career at Paris Saint-Germain before signing for Premier League side Sunderland in January 2008.

The Frenchman failed to make an appearance for the north east club, but enjoyed loan spells at Southend United and Oldham Athletic.

In the summer of 2011 he made a permanent switch to the Latics and was with them for two seasons before joining then Championship side Barnsley.

M’voto went on to make 30 appearances during the 2013/14 campaign, but couldn’t prevent the Tykes suffering relegation to League One.

Last season, however, he only featured 16 times for Barnsley and was subsequently released during the summer.

He was apparently training with German outfit Chemnitzer earlier this month, but has joined the O’s and provides a much-needed boost for Hendon ahead of the clash with York.

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