Russell Slade has moved swiftly to replenish his depleted squad after the departure of Jonathan Tehoue on Wednesday by signing three players. The Leyton Orient boss has signed winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce from Championship side Bristol City on loan as well as young midfielder Adam Reed from Sunderland also on loan until the end of the season. The third addition to the squad is former Brighton midfielder Jamie Smith on a short term contract until the end of the season.
Jamal Campbell-Ryce will be familiar to fans at Brisbane road as he joined them on loan from Charlton during the 2002/2003 campaign. The 28 year-old will add the most experience out of the trio as he has played for numerous clubs including Barnsley and Bristol City in the Championship. He also has international caps to his name having made 18 appearances for Jamaica. Although primarily a winger, he has been utilised as a wing-back for Bristol City, and he will inject much needed pace into the Orient squad.
Adam Reed is a product of the Sunderland youth system, but he has already gained some first team experience, having joined Brentford last year on loan where he made 11 appearances. The midfielder linked up with League Two side Bradford City earlier this season, but only managed 4 appearances during his spell. Still only 20 years old Reed will be hoping to continue his development with Orient.
Jamie Smith came through the ranks at Crystal Palace but failed to make an appearance before his release from the club in 2009. After a successful trial period, Smith signed for Brighton in August 2009 and managed to break into the first team last season. He was used 12 times as the Seagulls gained promotion from League One. At the age of 22 Smith will be looking to impress at Brisbane Road in order to extend his contact beyond the end of this season.
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