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Orient: Sign Sheffield Wednesday outcast for squad upgrade, bargain deal.



Leyton Orient will focus on finding new signings after the season ends, with attacking reinforcements on their radar.

This season, Leyton Orient were a surprise package in League One under Richie Wellens’ leadership. They finished 11th in the League One table after being promoted from League Two and were briefly in contention for a play-off position.

Following the conclusion of the season, Wellens signed a new three-year contract to remain at the helm, and the Orioles now have a solid basis to build on for next season.

Three days ago, Orient issued its retained list, which included the news of the departing loanees. Shaq Forde, Dan Adu-Adjei, and Khayon Edwards are among those who will return to their parent clubs, leaving a vacancy in the attacking department.

Joe Pigott and Dan Agyei remain available to the O’s, while negotiations for a new contract with Ruel Sotiriou continue.

However, hiring an experienced manager like Gregory, who has a proven track record in the third tier, would undoubtedly be a wise decision.

A great option for Orient

The Sheffield Wednesday player was instrumental in the Owls’ promotion to the Championship last season, but he was not listed on their squad list for the second half of the season after being declared surplus to requirements.

During January, League One clubs expressed interest in the 35-year-old, including promotion winners Derby County, indicating that the veteran is still regarded as a strong attacker in the third tier.

Gregory scored 28 goals and assisted 11 times for Wednesday between the seasons 2021/22 and 2022/23. His career totals of 147 goals and 50 assists indicate that he understands where the back of the net is.

He has twice gained promotion from League One, which may be incredibly useful for Wellens’ side if their ambitions rise above their mid-table result last season. With no plans to retire, he has the potential to have a significant influence on the pitch.

It may not look to be the most exciting transaction, but Gregory might be a valuable addition to a number of third-tier teams next season. Orient, who are reasonably priced and have a flair for scoring goals, should definitely be considered.

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