As some supporters may be aware some players have now departed. We explain the reasons behind each of them below.
Recent signing Winger Callum Ham left the club at the back end of last week to rejoin his old side, promotion rivials Cheddar FC. Manager Scott Armstrong commented "I am bitterly disappointed in losing Callum as he hadn’t long signed but he wanted a move closer to his home in Bridgwater. We waived the 7 days having reached agreement that he would not feature against us last weekend with the move so close to our fixture" Callum made his Cheddar debut in midweek before that, scoring twice past then table toppers Westbury United FC.
Forward Danny Carter has also performed a u-turn and joined Premier Division basement side Longwell Green Sports having previously rejected them twice. Danny decided he wanted to play for his friend Mitch Hodge who has now taken over to see if his goals can save them from relegation. Speaking about the departure manager Scott Armstrong said "It’s a shame that Danny has decided to leave us having got himself fitter and back into the first team fold. I’d like to thank Danny for his time here at the club. He has great ability and if he can get himself fully fit then there is no reason why he won’t play higher. I couldn’t offer him the money or playing time Longwell Green are prepared to so there was no point in trying to persuade him to stay and i wish him well."
Finally, Defender Jamie Gregory has left the club for Toolstation Premier Division Cadbury Heath having joined the O’s in September. The former West Brom defender struggled to hold down a regular place in the squad due to injuries and other commitments. Armstrong said "It hasn’t worked out with Jamie as he was set to stay and fight for a place in the squad. Unfortunately the lure of regular football and more money swayed him to take up the approach after initially confirming he was staying. There is no doubt that lke Danny once fully fit and available every week Jamie can kick on and sort his season out"
Updated 08:40 - 11 Dec 2017 by Paul Bray
The O's would like to thank all the lads for their time and effort at the club. We wish them all the best for the season and it’s pleasing we have parted on good terms with all of them. It’s difficult to keep everyone happy and times in football have changed, we have such a big squad not everyone was going to remain fighting for their place or driving others forward. However we have already signed one or two to cover positions, and with the flexibility in the squad most can play in the positions we have vacant.