Date: 1st May 2007 at 2:47pm
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The central defender was Ling`s first permanent signing when he joined from Reading, but will have to seek employment elsewhere after a frustrating campaign in League One.

Mackie has failed to adapt to the demands of League One football and with Orient having conceded 74 league goals this season, Ling is clearly looking for fresh faces in the centre of the O`s defence.

However, despite lacking the necessary quality to succeed at this level, Mackie will remain a favourite with most Orient fans for his superb performances last season, which culminated in him leading Orient to automatic promotion for the first time in 36 years.

Last season Mackie was impregnable, a true leader and an inspiration to all those around him. The O`s looked a poorer side without him last season, his sheer presence seemed to invigorate the side and his influence was vital to the team`s success.

John has been a terrific servant to LOFC and a player that will always be remembered fondly. His rapport with the fans and his determination to succeed even when nursing injury on top of injury, made him an iconic figure of the promotion winning side.

Vital Orient would like to thank John for everything he has done in an Orient shirt and wish him all the best for the future.