Leyton Orient have been handed a huge boost with the news that talented striker, Ruel Sotiriou, has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at the Breyer Group Stadium.
The powerful 19-year-old seemed set to depart the East London club with Peterborough United reportedly interested in securing his signature.
However, Cypriot under 21 international – who scored six times in twelve matches for the O’s, has confirmed his future with the ambitious Sky Bet League Two outfit.
“It’s been a long-time coming – but obviously I’m delighted to be at the club where it all started, and now I can’t wait to kick on, Sotiriou told www.leytonorient.com.”
“Pre-season has been tough, and gruelling, but we have our first friendly tomorrow to get more match fitness up, which is important.”
“I’m a forward and I like to score goals, and hopefully I can keep doing this and help the team win.”
Meanwhile, O’s boss, Ross Embleton, added: “I’m very happy Ruel has extended his stay.
“I think it’s important people are aware, that since Ruel returned to training, his attitude has been excellent. I’ve never had any doubt that he was focused on being a Leyton Orient player.
“For everyone involved it has taken longer than we all hoped. I’m happy it has reached the conclusion it has, and we can focus on Ruel playing and scoring goals.”
“He has shown since coming into the team that he is more than capable at this level. For any young player, it’s about playing games and proving you can do it.”
“At the start of Ruel’s career, he has done that, now it is about consistency, more minutes and scoring more goals. That will benefit Ruel and us as a football club.”