Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler brings in French defender Yvan Erichot

PUBLISHED: 13:37 01 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:37 01 July 2016

Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler will start his permanent spell in charge away to Cheltenham Town on August 6 (pic: Simon O'Connor /LOFC/TGS Photo)

Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler will start his permanent spell in charge away to Cheltenham Town on August 6 (pic: Simon O'Connor /LOFC/TGS Photo)

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Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler has boosted his defence by making the signing of Yvan Erichot.

The French ace has moved to Brisbane Road on a free transfer after his contract with Belgium side Sint-Truiden expired this summer.

He has agreed a two-year deal with the O’s, but has the option to extend it by a further year should the switch be a success.

Erichot can play in the centre of defence or as a right-back and began his career with Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Although the 26-year-old didn’t make an appearance for Monaco, he was sent out on loan to Clermont Foot and Portuguese outfit Uniao de Leiria.

It was only when Erichot moved to Sint-Truiden when he settled and was given regular game time.

He played over 50 times in the Belgium Second Division and helped his club win the title in the 2014/15 season.

Sint-Truiden held their own after promotion and finish 13th in the Jupiler Pro League, but Erichot has moved on.

Hessenthaler needed to strengthen in the centre of defence with Aron Pollock, Alan Dunne and Tom Parkes the only players capable of playing in that position.

Therefore the addition of Erichot is welcome, although the transfer is subject to international clearance.

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