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O's Snap Up Chelsea Midfielder

Posted on: Thu 09 Jul 2009

ORIENT have signed Chelsea midfielder Jimmy Smith on a free transfer.

The 22-year-old midfielder swaps Stamford Bridge for Brisbane Road on a two-year contract and he becomes O's boss Geraint Williams' fourth summer signing.

Smith spent the final three months of the 2008/09 campaign on loan with the O's, impressing as Orient climbed away from the relegation zone and into the comfort of mid-table safety.

He played 16 games during that loan spell, showing his versatility as he operated in the centre of midfield and on both flanks.

The Newham-born six-footer came through the ranks with Chelsea, making his sole Premier League appearance on the final day of the 2005/06 season at Newcastle United.

Most of his experience has come from loan spells to Championship clubs, including a lengthy stay at Queens Park Rangers in the 2006/07 campaign.

Smith scored six goals in 31 appearances for the Loftus Road club and he has also been on loan to Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday.

O's boss Geraint Williams said: "We're delighted to welcome Jimmy back to the club.

"He had a big part to play in our successful end to last season so it's great that he has signed a permanent deal with us.

"It also shows his ambition because he had a year left at Chelsea, but he felt it was the right time to make a break and show that he's ready to play first team football.

"The squad is taking shape and we'll continue to work hard to fill the other spaces."


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