Ryan gets Orient chance

Former Norwich City striker Ryan Jarvis has secured a two-year deal at League One side Leyton Orient.The 21-year-old scored six times in 14 appearances during a loan spell at Brisbane Road two seasons ago, helping Orient avoid relegation to League Two.

Former Norwich City striker Ryan Jarvis has secured a two-year deal at League One side Leyton Orient.

The 21-year-old scored six times in 14 appearances during a loan spell at Brisbane Road two seasons ago, helping Orient avoid relegation to League Two.

And having been released by Canaries boss Glenn Roeder this summer, Fakenham-born Jarvis will be hoping to start where he left off in east London in 2007.

“I know the player very well and having tried to sign him permanently last time when he was with us and being quoted £250,000, I'm really happy to get him on a free,” Orient boss Martin Ling the Epping Forest Guardian.


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“Of course we've had to put together a good package to get Ryan because there was interest from several other clubs, including one in Denmark.

“But eventually I was able to convince the lad to come to us and I believe I can bring out the best in him.

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“When he broke into the team at Norwich and was playing for England at youth level, there was a lot of talk that he was going to be the next big thing. But for whatever reason it never quiet happened for Ryan, although having seen at close quarters what he can do I know what ability he possesses.”

Jarvis returned to Carrow Road following his successful spell in London, but was quickly farmed out on loan by both City's managers last season.

Peter Grant agreed to send Jarvis on loan to Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock for the first half of the season and, on his return to Norwich he failed to convince Roeder in his three appearances for the Canaries and he found himself on loan at League Two Notts County.

“I know Ryan isn't massive, but he is six foot and a couple of inches taller than Adebayo Akinfenwa. I know Ryan has the ability to make the ball stick up there and also bring others into the game, which is what I'm really looking for,” added Ling.

“The other advantage with him is that he is quick and can also give us the option of playing on the right side of midfield, so all in all I'm very happy with the product I'm fetching into the building.”

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