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Re-United! Ex-Hammers join new Hendon regime

Filed: Friday, 19th June 2015
By: Staff Writer

Blair Turgott and Paul McCallum have agreed to join Leyton Orient - where they will team up once again with West Ham's former first team coach Ian Hendon.

21-year-old Turgott was most recently at League One Coventry City but found himself a free agent after being released by the Sky Blues last month, having spent just four months at the Ricoh Arena.

And McCallum, who was released by West Ham four years after moving from Dulwich Hamlet has also been without a club since leaving last loan club Portsmouth at the end of April.

That was until Ilford-born Hendon - who was appointed as the O's latest manager at the end of May - moved quickly to land the former Chadwell Heath-based youngsters, signing Turgott on a 12-month contract and McCallum on a two-year deal.

"Blair is predominantly a wide player who is very quick and very athletic," Hendon told leytonorient.com. "He is non stop in his work rate and he can deliver a great ball into the box."

"He has gained experience out on loan over the years and he will be a good addition to the squad."

Listen to Blair Turgott's first interview as an Orient player

And on McCallum, also 21, he added: ""Paul is a big, lean striker who is willing to work as a centre forward. He will go and shut down and do the other side of the game. When it goes up he will get hold of it and bring others into play.

"He is proven at this level when he has been out on loan."

Ian Hendon on new signing Paul McCallum

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