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O's Release Seven

Posted on: Thu 13 May 2010

SEVEN of the club's out-of-contract players were told on Sunday that their services will not be retained for next season.

O's manager Russell Slade informed Glenn Morris, Stephen Purches, Sean Thornton, Andrew Cave-Brown, Loick Pires, Harry Baker and James Scowcroft that their deals would not be renewed.

The on-loan pair of Eric Lichaj and John Spicer will also return to their parent clubs after the end of their temporary deals in E10.

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Tamika Mkandawire, Adam Chambers, Scott McGleish, Jason Demetriou, Charlie Daniels, Ryan Jarvis and Cestor Mike have been offered new contacts and are now in negotiations with the club.

For Morris, the decision ends a nine-year association with the first team squad, with the 26-year-old goalkeeper having made his debut back in October 2001.

He made 150 senior appearances for the O's, but spent much of his Brisbane Road career as back-up to the likes of Scott Barrett, Lee Harrison, Glyn Garner and most recently Jamie Jones.

Ilford-born right back Purches was a summer 2007 arrival at the O's, signing from AFC Bournemouth and immediately being appointed as club captain.

The 30-year-old defender played 132 games for the east Londoners, scoring five goals.

Thornton joined the club in the same summer as Purches, being picked up on a free transfer by then manager Martin Ling following his release by Doncaster Rovers.

He fell out of favour for a time under Ling and was loaned to Shrewsbury Town for part of the 2008/09 campaign, but returned to the first team picture under Geraint Williams and went on to score 11 goals in 102 games for the club.

21-year-old full back Andrew Cave-Brown signed for the O's after being let go by Norwich City in the summer of 2008. He provided cover for Stephen Purches for much of his time in E10 and made 34 appearances in his two years at the club.

Londoners Pires and Baker both came through the ranks with Orient, but struggled to make a consistent impact at first team level, with Pires featuring 20 times and Baker on 11 occasions.

Scowcroft, 34, joined the club in July 2009 after leaving Crystal Palace and the former Ipswich and Leicester striker played 30 games for the club without finding the net.

The club would like to thank all the players for their efforts and wishes them success in their future careers.

Players released

Glenn Morris
Stephen Purches
Sean Thornton
Andrew Cave-Brown
Loick Pires
Harry Baker
James Scowcroft

Players offered contracts

Tamika Mkandawire
Adam Chambers
Scott McGleish
Jason Demetriou
Charlie Daniels
Ryan Jarvis
Cestor Mike

Players already under contract for next season

Ben Chorley
Luke Ashworth
Jamie Jones
Jonathan Téhoué
Jimmy Smith
Adrian Patulea

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