Date: 30th January 2006 at 4:49pm
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Paul Connor has joined Leyton Orient from Swansea City for a fee of £40,000. The former Swansea man has signed a two and a half year deal and will wear the number 18 shirt for Orient. However, Connor will be ineligible to face Rovers tomorrow evening as his move was completed after the 12pm deadline, and hence he will play in a reserve game with Stevenage on Wednesday. Despite this, Connor is expected to travel to Bristol to watch his new side in action.

Connor was an integral part of Swansea’s promotion winning side last season, scoring 13 goals and forming an effective partnership with fellow striker Lee Trundle. He joined Swansea from Rochdale for £35,000 where he had previously managed 26 goals in two seasons for the Lancashire side. Connor established himself at Rochdale after they paid Stoke £150,000 for his services after his spell at the Potteries never really came to fruition.
Having started his career at Middlesbrough, Connor also had spells at Hartlepool and Gateshead, but it wasn’t until he signed for Rochdale that he really became a well known force within League Two.

Connor who is 27 and stands at 6’2, is an accompolished striker, and although he is not the strongest physically, he has a terrific eye for goal. His move to Orient follows Swansea’s spending spree which has seen them bring in Leon Knight and Rory Fallon in their attempt to secure Championship football.

Having allegedly already missed out on Dagenham and Redbridge front man Tresor Kandol, who opted to join local rivals Barnet instead, Martin Ling will be delighted to have secured Connor’s signature. Kandol it must be said, with no disrespect, is not in the same class as Connor, and this signing shows the growing ambition at Brisbane Road.