Leon McSweeney leaves Hartlepool United and signs for Leyton Orient

MIDFIELDER Leon McSweeney has joined Leyton Orient after being released by League One rivals Hartlepool United.

MIDFIELDER Leon McSweeney has joined Leyton Orient after being released by League One rivals Hartlepool United.

The 27-year-old Irishman was one of the surprise names on the list of players the Teesside club let go at the end of last season. He has signed a two-year contract at Brisbane Road.

“We’re delighted to sign Leon, he’s a really versatile player,” said Os boss Russell Slade. “I always identify players who can play in a number of positions and Leon can certainly do that.

“He’s a naturally fit athlete and we’re really looking forward to working with him.”

Former manager Danny Wilson will return to Victoria Park in August after Hartlepool drew Sheffield United in the League Cup for the second season running. The Blades will also feature in Hartlepool’s league fixture list when it is announced this morning, after being relegated from the Championship last season.

The ex-Northern Ireland midfielder was Hartlepool’s manager from the summer of 2006 to December 2008. Hartlepool won last season’s meeting 2-0, with goals from James Brown and an Adam Boyd penalty.

Middlesbrough travel to Walsall, while Carlisle make the relatively short trip to Oldham Athletic. The ties are due to be played in the week beginning August 8.

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