Leyton Orient have completed the signing of winger Jordan Graham, following his departure from Championship side Birmingham City, as confirmed via a statement on the club’s website.
The 28-year-old joins the reigning League Two champions on a two-year contract and signs in time for the club’s opening day game against Charlton Athletic this weekend.
Who is Jordan Graham?
The winger is a product of the Aston Villa academy, but spent the majority of his early years with the likes of Ipswich Town, Wolves and Bradford on respective loan spells. He joined Wolves permanently in 2015 but continued to have various loan moves until he moved to Gillingham in 2020 and then Birmingham City in 2021.
During his two-year spell at St. Andrews, Graham made over 50 appearances for the Blues, as they consistently finished in the bottom half of the table. He recorded five assists but departed the club in the summer, following the expiry of his contract.
Leyton Orient’s preparations ahead of the 2023/24 League One season are continuing, despite the club losing key figures, including playmaker Paul Smyth. However, they have improved the quality of the squad so far and won’t be done in the transfer window.
The club signed midfielder Ethan Galbraith from Manchester United on a permanent deal, as well as securing the return of Ipswich Town’s Idris El Mizouni, who gained an entry into the League Two team of the season, last season.
What’s been said?
Upon signing for the club, the 28-year-old spoke to the club website, where he expressed his delight at joining the team. He stated…
‘I feel like I can really come and put on a show and excite the fans and I’m looking forward to getting back into it and enjoying my football.’
Graham’s departure from Birmingham City didn’t come as a surprise to me, given he was used as a squad rotational player and was consistently played out of position in the Championship.
However, he brings a lot of experience into the League One side and will be eager to show the fans and his new boss that it was a signing worth making next season, as the club look to target safety before pushing on during the upcoming campaign.