Mathieu Baudry, Lloyd James and Jobi McAnuff among several to leave Leyton Orient
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Club confirm captain plus various other experienced players will exit when their contracts expire this summer
Leyton Orient have confirmed all of the players who are out of contract at the end of June will be leaving the club in the summer.
The O’s, who are still without a permanent manager, were always expected to make that decision despite several of their experienced players being among those out of contract.
Mathieu Baudry was captain of the club this season, but will call an end to his four-year spell with the east Londoners this June.
Lloyd James joined Orient alongside the French defender in the summer of 2012, but when his deal expires next month he will also leave Brisbane Road.
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Baudry was offered a new contract earlier in the campaign, but turned it down and will now move on.
Former Reading captain Jobi McAnuff is another who will leave and bring an end to a turbulent two years in E10.
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Part of the squad relegated from League One in 2014/15, the Jamaican was frozen out of the team at the start of this season by president Francesco Becchetti, before returning to the starting XI towards the end of November.
McAnuff, alongside Bradley Pritchard, Gary Woods, Connor Essam, Frazer Shaw and Blair Turgott, will also depart Orient.
Nicky Hunt signed a six-month contract in February and played 16 times which has triggered another year deal for the defender.
The O’s will lose a lot of experience with Baudry, James and McAnuff set to depart and those three players could all have been first team regulars next season.
Essam, Shaw and Turgott all joined last summer under Ian Hendon and the club clearly feel they haven’t done enough to justify earning new contracts.
It means Orient will now need to appoint a new captain in addition to confirming what will happen regarding the managerial situation.
Andy Hessenthaler was placed in caretaker charge on April 12 when Kevin Nolan was asked to step down from his managerial duties to concentrate on playing.
No further announcement regarding who is manager for the 2016/17 campaign has been confirmed and it means O’s fans are still left in the dark.