Leyton Orient defender set to sign a new contract with the club amid interest from Bristol Rovers and Stevenage

Leyton Orient have had defender James on the books since the summer of 2021, bringing him in from Hibernian on a free transfer.

He’s been a mainstay for Richie Wellens since, playing 48 times across all competitions to take his appearance total for the club to 120. Along the way, James has chipped in with nine goals and 10 assists from the back.

His current contract with the O’s expires this summer, therefore concerns have been raised about his future with the team.

However, it appears that Orient will soon make a breakthrough.

Reporter Pete O’Rourke of X believes that James, a player for Leyton Orient, is about to sign a new contract at Brisbane Road. It will also be a setback to some League One rivals, as Northampton Town, Stevenage, and Bristol Rovers are all interested in signing him.

The length of the new deal is unknown, but it should do a great deal to stifle interest in James this summer.

A vital member to maintain
James’ new contract with Leyton Orient may or may not be ratified, but securing the Welsh defender’s future this summer will be a significant boost for Wellens and company.

He’s been an influential figure since signing, aiding their push to win promotion from League Two and maintaining a regular place in the starting XI as the O’s consolidated their place in League One last season.

As the club look to further cement their place in the third-tier by pushing on to new heights in the new campaign, having James onboard will be of great value.

He has operated anywhere across the backline for Wellens’ side and when played as a full-back or wing-back, James has shown an ability to contribute going forward too. He notched four assists last season and has found a similar level of success with Yeovil Town and Wigan Athletic before.

The good news for Leyton Orient will make for disappointment for Bristol Rovers, Stevenage and Northampton Town.

James would have been a shrewd signing for any of those three sides, but they’ll have to turn their focus to other options it seems. The O’s ace might not be the easiest player to fight alternatives for either, with his versatility and well-rounded game making him a unique defender at this level.

Nevertheless, with not even a week of the transfer window gone, the League One trio have plenty of time to bring in other options as James looks poised to remain in the capital.

 

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