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Leyton Orient snap up Matt Harrold on free transfer from Crawley Town

PUBLISHED: 16:20 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:30 31 August 2017

Matt Harrold in action for Bristol Rovers against Derby County (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

Matt Harrold in action for Bristol Rovers against Derby County (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

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Powerful striker departs Red Devils after three years at Broadfield Stadium

Leyton Orient appear to have completed their summer transfer business by announcing the signing of forward Matt Harrold from Crawley Town this afternoon.

O’s boss Steve Davis has spoken about his desire to bring in a target man since the middle of July and after weeks of trying to get one in, they have finally managed it.

Harrold has signed a two-year deal and the forward is originally from Leyton having attended Trinity High School in Woodford Green before progressing through Southend United’s academy.

After spells at various non-league clubs, Brentford took a gamble on the big forward in the summer of 2003. It was the start of a fruitful career in the professional game.

Harrold has managed to rack up over 250 appearances in the top four leagues of English Football. The powerful striker has had spells with Yeovil Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Bristol Rovers and most recently Crawley Town.

He only signed a new deal with the Red Devils in June, but has departed the West Sussex club on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old spent most of last season on the sidelines with an Achilles tendon issue and then a knee problem, but departs Crawley as a fan favourite.

During his time at Broadfield Stadium, Harrold captained the club, spent some time as caretaker manager and also featured in goal.

The next chapter of his lengthy career is a move to Brisbane Road where he will taste life in non-league for the first time since January 2005.

Harrold will compete with the likes of Macauley Bonne, David Mooney, Josh Koroma and Tristan Abrahams for a place in Davis’ starting XI.

Speaking to the official Crawley Town website, the forward said: “I would just like to thank everyone at Crawley Town for the past three seasons, I have loved playing for the club.

“There have been ups and downs along the way and I never thought I would play in goal for 60 minutes or manage the side on the last game of the season.

“I have met some great people at Crawley and appreciate all the love and support you have shown me and I’ll be keeping an eye out for results this season and beyond.

“I have many friends at the the club, both in the squad and in the stands and I’ll be sure to return to the club at some point in the future to say hello!

“I leave with a heavy heart but myself and the club believe this is the right thing to do, moving forward for both parties. I really wish you every success for the future.”

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