Leyton Orient have signed ex-QPR midfielder Lee Cook on an five month contract. Cook was released by QPR this summer and he had been training with the O’s for the last few weeks. The 30 year-old midfielder returns to familiar surroundings having had a two month loan spell with Orient last season. He played 10 games in an Orient shirt and he scored the winner in the away fixture against Stevenage in January.
Cook was part of the Southampton youth system, but he was not given the chance to progress through the ranks and so he joined non-league side Aylesbury United in 1999. After 14 appearances and 2 goals for Aylesbury, he joined Watford. He made his debut for the Hornets in April 2001, but he suffered a knee injury after four games which ended his season. The following year, Cook was sent out on loan to regain fitness after his spell on the sidelines. He was loaned to York City and then Queens Park Rangers before returning to the first team at Vicarage Road towards the end of the campaign. He played 64 games and scored seven goals in total for Watford between 1999 and 2004.
In the summer of 2004 he opted to sign for QPR. In three years at Loftus Road the midfielder made 127 appearances, scoring 10 goals and he built up a special affiliation with the club.
In July 2007 Fulham paid QPR £2.5 million for Cook but he left Craven Cottage 18 months later without making an appearance. During that time, he was sent out on loan to Charlton and he later re-joined QPR initially on loan and the move was made permanent in January 2009. In the 2008/2009 season Cook featured regularly for QPR but over the next two years he received fewer and fewer first team opportunities. He joined Orient on loan at the end Novemeber 2011 until January 2012. He then joined Charlton on loan for the second time in his career, making four appearances as the Addicks claimed the League One title.
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