The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFFS - By Dominic Hodg­son

LEY­TON ORI­ENT defender El­liot Omozusi has ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the O’s af­ter earn­ing a sec­ond con­tract since his re­lease from prison just un­der a year ago.

The Hack­ney-born full back was ini­tially re-signed by the club in Jan­uary on a six-month deal and signed the lat­est one-year deal at the be­gin­ning of May.

The 24-year-old was jailed in Novem­ber 2011 for wit­ness in­tim­i­da­tion and is now de­lighted to earn a stay at a club he first played for in 2010.

“The club has shown so much faith and con­fi­dence in me, not just as a foot­baller but as a per­son. I owe a mas­sive amount to the chair­man, chief ex­ec­u­tive and the man­ager,” said Omozusi, who made just six ap­pear­ances this sea­son, af­ter a shoul­der prob­lem.

“I’d re­ally like to re­pay the peo­ple who are pay­ing my wages be­cause of what has hap­pened so I hope I can hit the ground run­ning next sea­son.

“I don’t have much time to waste so I hope I make a quick start. Get­ting back in­volved was a very big plus for me. I didn’t play as much as I would have liked but that was to be ex­pected be­cause the boys were do­ing well and I wasn’t fit be­cause of be­ing out for so long.”

CON­TRACT: Omozusi

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