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Double departure can help Orient build says Ling

Leyton Orient Director of Football Martin Ling believes that the departures of young stars Steven Alzate and Tristan Abrahams will help both players reach their potential.

Alzate completed a move to Premier League new boys Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday afternoon, with Abrahams joining Championship club Norwich City hours later.

When the deal for the latter was announced it was revealed that the striker would remain with Orient for the 2017/18 season, although Abrahams will be able to train and feature for the Canaries Under-23s.

The moves come as a blow for Orient, as they prepare for their first season in the National League after they were relegated from League Two in May.

However, Ling explained the reasons behind the moves and believes that the club will benefit from the transfers in the future.

Speaking to the club's official website he said "We know that some supporters will be disappointed to learn that we have made the decision to accept these offers, though as a Club we must balance the need to create a well-balanced team, the opportunities for these young players and the financial opportunity for ourselves.

“In accepting these offers, we have allowed both Steven and Tristan to continue to reach their potential, as well as protecting the Club’s position in the event of the players going on to enjoy future success in their respective careers. These deals are life-changing opportunities for both players and we are proud to have helped develop them to this point"

Orient has signed thirteen players this summer as they look to make an immediate return to the Football League under new Head Coach Steve Davis.

They kick off their season with an away game at Sutton United on Saturday lunchtime.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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