Leyton Orient have work to do with the League Two season coming to an end
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Brisbane Road club have number of players that could depart in the summer once the current campaign finishes
With Lloyd James revealing he’d like to stay at Leyton Orient, but hasn’t been offered a new contract yet. I look at what other players could depart Brisbane Road this summer unless the club get a move on.
The 28-year-old is one of numerous first teamers that could exit the O’s once their current deals run out at the end of June.
One of the most high profile is captain Mathieu Baudry, who has been with the club since the summer of 2012 – like James – and been a key performer during his time in E10.
Jobi McAnuff, one of the east Londoners best players since coming back into the team in November, is another who might have represented Orient for the last time.
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Bradley Pritchard joined at the start of the 2014/15 season, alongside McAnuff, and his contract will expire in June. After his loan to Stevenage, it is expected he will exit the club.
Goalkeeper Gary Woods, who’s been at Ross County all season, should depart as well. Connor Essam, Frazer Shaw and Blair Turgott signed one-year deals before the start of this current campaign.
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Neither Shaw or Essam have appeared for O’s since March with the latter currently on-loan to his former club Dover Athletic.
Their futures remain unknown while Turgott has been given a chance to impress in recent weeks, but nobody can be sure if he’ll get another contract.
Nicky Hunt signed for Orient in February on an initial six-month deal with an option to add two more years. At the time it was expected he’d extend his stay past this summer, but with Kevin Nolan losing his managerial duties that might now have changed.
The Brisbane Road outfit also have six players on loan at the club and they should all depart once the season finishes this weekend at Yeovil Town.
Jack Payne and Shaun Brisley come from Peterborough while David Gregory and Jerome Binnom-Williams will definitely return to Crystal Palace.
Peter Ramage and Calaum Jahraldo-Martin are both out of contract with Coventry City and Hull City respectively in the summer, but it is doubtful either will be back at the O’s for next season.
It doesn’t leave the E10 club with too many players for next year and even some of those under-contracts will be chased by other clubs.
Jay Simpson has another year left on his deal, but has caught the eye after scoring 25 goals in the division this season.
Dean Cox has missed a huge chunk of the campaign through injury and despite rumours always suggesting he could leave, he has openly stated he aims to shine for the club again once fully fit.
Paul McCallum is another to have suffered the cruciate ligament curse like Cox, but fortunately for Orient has one more year left on his deal.
Ollie Palmer has earned a lot of praise in recent weeks and a similar contribution will be needed from him next season.
Sean Clohessy and Sammy Moore were also signings under Ian Hendon last summer and they have another year left on their deals.
Alex Cisak penned a contract until the end of the 2016/17 season as did talented youngster Sandro Semedo last July.
Nigel Atangana, a January signing, is another who will be with O’s next year alongside Armand Gnanduillet who agreed a deal until the summer of 2018!
Alan Dunne’s contract with the club runs until next season, but his future is unknown after being frozen out.
Young goalkeeper Charlie Grainger has a deal until the summer of 2017 and it is hoped he will stay with Orient.
Kevin Nolan’s contract has another two years to run, but it is understood he will leave the club once the current campaign ends.
Meanwhile Andy Hessenthaler’s deal goes on into next season, but he could be one of many to depart this summer.
Scott Kashket’s contract finishes at the end of June along with Freddy Moncur, Victor Adeboyejo, Montel Agyemang, Jack Humphrey and Sam Ling.
All are believed to have bright futures, but that might not be with Orient unless the club start to plan for next season.
The likes of Myles Judd and Josh Koroma are still on scholarships at Brisbane Road, but the League Two outfit could lose a lot of talent this summer.
Worryingly that might include Aron Pollock and Sam Sargeant with both second year scholars and now needing to negotiate another deal. O’s certainly need to make some decisions and fast.