Mathieu Baudry pays tribute to the ‘great people’ still at Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient captain Mathieu Baudry in action against AFC Wimbledon forward Tom Elliott (left) at C

Leyton Orient captain Mathieu Baudry in action against AFC Wimbledon forward Tom Elliott (left) at Cherry Red Records Stadium (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

French defender will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June

Mathieu Baudry has released a heartfelt statement on Twitter after it was confirmed earlier today he would be leaving Leyton Orient.

The French defender has been with the club since signing during the summer of 2012 and was captain for last season.

He was offered a new contract to stay at Brisbane Road, but has turned it down to focus on a project which he can move forward.

“I would like to thank everyone at Leyton Orient Football Club. I think it’s time for me to move on and embrace a new challenge,” said Baudry on Twitter.

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“To be fair to the club, they offered me a couple of contracts during the season, but my decision has been made for a while.

“I look forward to a new challenge with a project to go forward, something I didn’t feel I could get here with the current regime.”

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Baudry went on to admit his first two seasons with the club were memorable and revealed his delight at working with Barry Hearn and Matt Porter.

The 28-year-old also admitted the most recent two campaigns have been very difficult on a number of different levels.

He added: “It’s a shame because we had two wonderful seasons that I will never forget. I met some unbelievable people with who we made a great bond and some special memories.

“I was fortunate to work for the best chairman in Barry and chief executive in Matt. The last two seasons have been really challenging and draining mentally for a lot of reasons - I don’t want to go into details.

“I’ve always tried to give my all and I hope most of you appreciated my contributions. Of course you can’t convince everyone.

“For the ones that didn’t, I really wish you find better and someone that fits your expectations. I was very proud to captain the club.

“Being captain is more than just what you see on the pitch and is something I’ve done my best at to be honest with my team mates, myself and stand by and support them through thick and thin on and off the pitch.”

Baudry went on to pay tribute to the likes of Secretary and Ticket Office manager Lindsey Martin as well as kitman Ada Martin.

He admitted he hopes Orient can be successful in the future because it is those people behind the scenes who deserve it, adding: “All that mattered to me has been getting the respect of my team mates and I tried my best for them.

“I wish this football club the best from my heart for team mates and friends that will stay and because this club has still got some great people at the core.

“I’m thinking of people like Ada and Lindsey Martin, Howard Gould, Errol McKellar, Richard Thomas and people that have been here forever.

“Along with the fans, they are the soul of this club. I really wish you all the success and thanks for the support. Up the O’s.”

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