Date: 17th January 2006 at 1:08pm
Written by:

Wayne Carlisle has left Orient after signing for Exeter City until the end of the season. With Martin Ling unable to guarantee Carlisle a new contract and the chance of first team football, former Orient coach and Exeter manager, Alex Inglethorpe, swooped to sign the former Crystal Palce winger.

Carlisle has found his opportunities somewhat limited this season, largely due to the fantastic form of Shane Tudor. Carlisle joins the recent Brisbane Road exodus after Christian Hanson joined Grays Athletic and Joe Dolan moved to Canvey Island. With three players leaving, Ling will now look to bring in a new striker, a cenral defender and a wide man.

On the subject of Carlisle’s move to Exeter, Ling said,’Alex approached me about Wayne and I sat down with him to discuss his future.He asked me what his chances were of getting a new contract when his existing deal expired at the end of the season and I told him it was unlikely he would get a new one’. Ling then added that,’The offer from Exeter is only until the end of the season, but it’s regular first team football and there’s a good chance he’ll get a longer contract there if he impresses’.

With three players having left in the past week, Ling was keen to look to the future. ‘I decided it would be best to free up the money now for ourselves to use to strengthen the squad over the transfer window’. Ling went on to reveal that, ‘it means I am now looking for three players as I will bring in a wide player as well as a centre-half and centre-forward.’

Carlisle’s departure could mean that Shane Tudor’s operation will now be postponed again, at least until Ling finds a new wide man.