Leyton Orient star Moses Odubajo close to signing new contract
Leyton Orient talent Moses Odubajo is on the verge of agreeing a new contract to remain at Brisbane Road.
The 19-year-old’s contract expires this summer but he is close to signing a deal to stay with the O’s for an additional two years.
Odubajo has become a first-team regular this season playing at right-back and his pace and trickery has marked him down as one of Orient’s most valuable assets.
The versatile attacker netted the late winner against Walsall on Saturday and news of his contract extension is a major boost for the club.
Slade said: “Mo’s been fantastic but in principle we’ve agreed one [a deal] with him so we’re delighted he will be staying with us. He’s been terrific and to cap his performance with a goal, I’m delighted for him.”
Ben Chorley, who has been captaining the side in the absence of Nathan Clarke, believes Odubajo is a player that the club must hold on to.
Chorley said: “He is a fantastic talent. Obviously with contracts we’re the last ones to know about other players. I would never tell anyone about my contract so we don’t really know much about it but if we could sign Moses it would obviously be a great acquisition for the next two or three years.
“We should do our utmost to sign him and I’m sure the chairman and the manager will be doing that. You saw in the 90th minute against Walsall he made an 80-yard run to finish a cross. I couldn’t do it, that’s for sure.”
The O’s are currently in discussions with Martin Rowlands and Lee Cook over new deals with their contracts expiring later this month.
Striker Ryan Brunt, who is on loan from Stoke City until after the weekend, is also expected to extend his spell with the League One club.
Slade added: “There are a couple of our golden oldies on short-term contracts which we’d like to keep. Hopefully again they’ll commit themselves to the cause.”