Date: 1st May 2007 at 2:25pm
Written by:

O`s boss Martin Ling has shown the door to six O`s players as he sets his sights on a brand new squad for next season.

Top of the list of players leaving is club skipper John Mackie who has found it difficult to adapt to playing at a higher level.

Also leaving the club are Shane Tudor, Justin Miller, Donny Barnard, Derek Duncan and Phil Mulryne.

The remaining players whose deals were about to expire-Glyn Garner, Matthew Lockwood, Craig Easton, Gary Alexander, Glenn Morris, Adam Tann, Luke Guttridge, Efe Echanomi, Aiden Palmer and Jason Demetriou – have been offered new contracts and are now in negotiations with the club.

Midfielder Michael Simpson, who has been out of action since November with a cruciate ligament injury, will train with the O’s during pre-season before Ling makes a decision on his future.

The exit of club captain John Mackie – Ling’s first permanent signing as O’s boss – ends a three-and-a-half year association with the club, for whom he played 135 games, skippering the east Londoners to promotion from League Two last season.

Miller, meanwhile, first appeared for the O’s in September 2002 when former boss Paul Brush took him on loan from Ipswich Town. He then joined Orient on a permanent basis later in the 2002/03 season and went on to make 196 first team appearances, scoring seven goals.

Tudor arrived in the summer of 2005 from Cambridge United and chipped in with five goals as Orient won promotion last term. He was also a regular in the side this term, but will now leave the club after 75 senior appearances.

Barnard, a member of Ling’s double-winning youth team in 2001, came through the ranks at Brisbane Road and was Orient’s third longest serving player. He started 103 times for the O’s, and made a further 55 appearances as a substitute, but was reduced to more of a bit-part role this season.

Duncan, 20, was also a product of the Orient youth system and he made his debut as a 17-year-old in May 2004. He made a number of substitute appearances in the 2005/06 season but has failed to hold down a first team place more restricted in the last two campaigns.

Former Manchester United man Mulryne signed a three-month contract with the O’s in February after impressing during a trial period. But he struggled to break into the first team and only made two senior appearances.

Second year scholars Allan Matthews, Jamal Fyfield, Alex Jennings and Lumumba Amena have also been told that they will not be offered pro deals.