Paul McCallum leads tributes for ‘Leyton Orient legend’ Dean Cox after his departure by mutual consent

PUBLISHED: 08:46 02 September 2016 | UPDATED: 08:54 02 September 2016

Paul McCallum (left) and Dean Cox celebrate a goal for Leyton Orient together (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

Paul McCallum (left) and Dean Cox celebrate a goal for Leyton Orient together (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

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Former team-mates, highly respected people in football and key personnel at Brisbane Road express their gratitude to Cox on social media

Leyton Orient's Dean Cox celebrates after finding the net (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient's Dean Cox celebrates after finding the net (pic: Simon O'Connor).

When Leyton Orient announced Dean Cox had left the club by mutual consent last night (Thursday), it didn’t take long for the tributes to flood in.

Former team-mates, highly respected fellow footballers and key personnel at Brisbane Road took to social media to express their gratitude to the 29-year-old.

Paul McCallum was one of the first to show the winger some love on Twitter, he said: “It was a pleasure from day one Dean Cox.”

The duo built up a good relationship last season when they both endured cruciate knee ligament damage.

Josh Wright, who had two spells with Orient while Cox was at the club, paid tribute to the ex-Brighton & Hove Albion trainee.

Gillingham’s captain first played with the winger at Brisbane Road in November 2013 when he joined O’s on loan from Millwall.

Wright made a permanent move to east London in January 2015 on a six month deal before departing the following summer.

He said: “Be proud pal, there won’t be many players that will repeat what you have done at one club. Hold your head high and good luck.”

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony also hailed the ability of Cox on Twitter.

Dean Cox lets fly for Leyton Orient at Grimsby (pic: Simon O'Connor)Dean Cox lets fly for Leyton Orient at Grimsby (pic: Simon O'Connor)

The Posh chairman has come close to bringing the winger to London Road several times in recent years.

“Madness. I’ve asked twice before and never go back a third time and something tells me Dean will have a sh*t load of suitors,” said MacAnthony.

Northampton Town’s Harry Beautyman, who progressed through the Orient youth academy before leaving in May 2011, said: “It is very rare to get a player these days serve a club for as long as Dean did at the O’s. New chapter for you mate.”

Sammy Moore spent over a season in the company of the former east Londoners number seven and joined the tributes.

The pair built up a great friendship during their time at Brisbane Road, but both are no longer part of Andy Hessenthaler’s current squad.

Moore added: “Gutted to see you go you legend. I will miss you roomy! Mate for life.”

BBC London commentator Dave Victor, who has covered every season Cox has played at Orient, said: “Sorry to see Dean leave the O’s. So many great memories – a special player – good luck – it’s been emotional.”

Alan Dunne, still part of the east Londoners squad, added to the people wishing the 29-year-old well in the future.

The ex-Millwall captain has only played 10 times for Orient since joining in the summer of 2015 and his last appearance was on November 15.

Dean Cox shows his emotion after Leyton Orient's League One play-off final defeat to Rotherham United at Wembley in May 2014 (pic: Simon O'Connor).Dean Cox shows his emotion after Leyton Orient's League One play-off final defeat to Rotherham United at Wembley in May 2014 (pic: Simon O'Connor).

But Dunne said: “Pleasure to have known you Coxy. I would say played with you, but won’t get carried away. Don’t forget the hat-trick I left you with Monday.”

Hull City’s Moses Odubajo contributed to the tributes having spent four years playing alongside Cox.

Both were a crucial cog of the O’s team that reached the League One play-off final in May 2014. Odubajo added: “I know you’ll be missed. Good luck on the new adventure bro.”

Another Tigers player Curtis Davies, an Orient fan, said: “Sad to see him leave the mighty O’s. Good luck Dean.”

Orient’s community liaison officer, Howard Gould, added: “A public thank you to this top man for all his passion, commitment, loyalty and friendship. You will be sadly missed Dean.”

Colin Munford, O’s Media and Communications manager, said: “Sad to see you go Dean. Always a pleasure to work with and thanks for all your help along the way. All the best.”

Orient’s former chief executive Matt Porter revealed his shock at Cox’s exit from Brisbane Road. He said: “A fantastic club servant, always gave and usually delivered his best. Bizarre departure circumstances. I wish him all the best.”

David Mooney, currently of local rivals Southend United, spent four years playing alongside Cox in E10.

He was also part of the side that reached the League One play-off final and hailed the ability of the 29-year-old.

“I can’t believe my eyes seeing this or my ears hearing this yesterday. What a guy, what a player Dean is,” said Mooney.

Orient’s former number seven took time out on Twitter to show his gratitude the Brisbane Road supporters and all the people who wished him well.

He also revealed his determination to get playing as soon as possible, but confirmed it would have to be in non-league until January.

Cox, in reply to a fan asking if he would go to National League South side Whitehawk, said: “I can only play Conference and below so is defo an option.”

In a later tweet, he added: “I want to find a club as soon as possible, keep fit and want to play. No chance of any holiday.”

Whatever non-league club does get Cox, even if it is only until January, they’ll have a great asset to the team and a brilliant character.

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