Date: 2nd May 2007 at 7:17pm
Written by:

Orient skipper John Mackie says he will leave Brisbane Road with his head held high after being told his contract will not be renewed at the end of the season.

The centre back was one of six players let go by O`s boss Martin Ling but Mackie feels he achieved what he set out to do during his time in E10.

Reflecting on events former Reading defender Mackie said: ‘In someways I saw it coming, although I still believe I’ve made a valuable contribution to the club and it is never nice when you are told you are not being kept on.

‘I came here from Reading to help Orient get promotion and we did that last season.

‘Our aim this year was to stay up in League One and I’ve helped us do that as well.

‘There was also a stage at Christmas when I put myself on the line for the club. I was having injections to get through games to help the manager out while he had injuries, so I think I can leave Orient with my head held high and I certainly don’t have a bad word to say about the manager.

‘He had a decision to make for football reasons and while I’m disappointed the club are letting me go I have to respect his judgment.

‘I do however believe he is going to have a hard job replacing the six of us, but I wish him and the club well for the future and I would like to thank the fans for all their support during my time here.’