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Leyton Orient facing exodus in summer ahead of first ever campaign in National League

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 24 April 2017

Leyton Orient's Gavin Massey battles for the ball with a Doncaster Rovers opponent (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient's Gavin Massey battles for the ball with a Doncaster Rovers opponent (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Most of the senior players who joined Orient last summer had a relegation release clause inserted in their contract and over 20 players could move on

Leyton Orient midfielder Liam Kelly is fouled by Cambridge United's Liam O'Neil (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient midfielder Liam Kelly is fouled by Cambridge United's Liam O'Neil (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient are facing an exodus of senior players during the summer when their relegation to the National League is confirmed.

The O’s have 15 players out of contract at the end of the season including the likes of Alex Cisak and Paul McCallum.

But in addition to those departures, it appears Orient will lose several of their recent signings on free transfers too.

Most of the senior players who joined the club last summer had a relegation release clause inserted in their contract.

It means Gavin Massey, Liam Kelly, Teddy Mezague, Jordan Bowery, Yvan Erichot, Tom Parkes and Robbie Weir can all potentially leave for free at the end of the season when O’s relegation is confirmed.

Orient could go down tomorrow at Luton Town if they lose at Kenilworth Road and Hartlepool United and Cheltenham Town win their respective games.

The O’s supporters have been preparing for relegation for a while, but the club could have a team full of inexperienced players next season.

Leyton Orient supporters in fine voice at Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient supporters in fine voice at Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Captain Robbie Weir may decide to remain at Brisbane Road, but only because he’s currently recovering from anterior cruciate ligament damage to his knee.

Weir, who signed a two-year deal last summer, is not expected to be back fit until August, so could stay at Orient.

But O’s fans will potentially see over 20 contracted players move on ahead of their first campaign in the National League.

Goalkeepers Cisak and Charlie Grainger are set to depart alongside defenders Callum Kennedy, Nicky Hunt and Jens Janse, plus third-year scholar Michael Clark.

Wingers Ulrich Nnomo and Sandro Semedo are out of contract in the summer along with Michael Collins, Sammy Moore, Nigel Atangana and third-year scholars Freddy Moncur and Sam Alderson.

Ollie Palmer and McCallum are likely to leave on free transfers while Victor Adeboyejo may move on when his third-year scholar deal expires.

Meanwhile, relegation release clauses could potentially see Parkes, Erichot, Bowery, Massey, Kelly and Mezague depart.

Leyton Orient defender Tom Parkes tries to win the ball from Wycombe Wanderers Garry Thompson, but is sent off for a high tackle (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient defender Tom Parkes tries to win the ball from Wycombe Wanderers Garry Thompson, but is sent off for a high tackle (pic: Simon O'Connor).

The aforementioned exits would leave Orient with a squad consisting of goalkeeper Sam Sargeant, defenders Myles Judd, Aron Pollock, midfielders Henry Ochieng, Steven Alzate and Josh Koroma plus forwards Tristan Abrahams and Sam Dalby.

Weir may also be part of the O’s set-up assuming he continues his rehabilitation at Brisbane Road.

Orient have had a high turnover of players since Francesco Becchetti took over the club in the summer of 2014 and it appears this pre-season will be no different.

Like last year, there doesn’t seem a plan in place for the future and current O’s manager Omer Riza is also out of contract at the end of June and could be another to move on.

With Orient due in court again on June 12, there are several problems to solve in the next couple of months.

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