Orient Agree McAnuff Deal


Leyton Orient have agreed to sign Jobi McAnuff, subject to a medical. The 32 year-old was released by Reading at the end of last season and he has now agreed a two-year contract with Orient.

Jobi McAnuff

Age: 32

D.O.B: 09/11/1981

Nationality: Jamaican

Height: 177 cm (5’10”)

Weight: 73 kg (11st 8lbs)

Career Apps: 547

Career Goals: 54


The Edmonton-born winger began his career with Wimbledon, making his senior debut in August 2001. Over three seasons he made a total of 104 appearances for the Dons, scoring 15 goals.

In January 2004 McAnuff joined West Ham, however his spell with the Hammers was short lived as he made just 14 appearances before joining Cardiff in August 2004. He scored three goals in 48 games during his single season with the Bluebirds.

In May 2005, then Crystal Palace boss Ian Dowie signed McAnuff . During his first season at the club he enjoyed his best form in front of goal, scoring 8 goals in 47 games. In the following year he played 36 times.

In June 2007 Watford paid £1.75million to bring McAnuff to Vicarage Road. He was a regular in the side during his first two seasons, making 88 appearances during that time.  His first year with Watford ended in a play-off semi-final defeat to Hull. The midfielder began the 2009/10 with Watford, but he made just 4 appearances before joining Reading at the end of August.

After a solid first season with Reading, McAnuff played a significant part in the club’s 2010/11 campaign that saw them reach the Championship Play-Off final. After a stalemate during the first leg of the semi-finals, MacAnuff wrapped up a 3-0 win against his former side Cardiff City by scoring in the 84th minute. He had a hand in both of the Royals goals in the final, but Swansea were promoted to the Premier League with a 4-2 win.

In July 2011 McAnuff was awarded the captaincy at Reading. After 42 appearances during 2011/12; in which he provided 11 assists; he lifted the Championship title at the end of the season as Reading claimed top spot.



As captain, McAnuff continued to feature regularly during Reading’s Premier League season in 2012/13, providing 7 assists in the top flight. However the Royals were relegated back to the Championship after finishing 19th, 11 points adrift from safety.

Last term McAnuff played 35 games as Reading finished just a point outside the play-off places in the Championship.  He played on the left wing for the majority of 2013/14. After five years and 206 appearances, he left Reading in May as his contract came to an end.

McAnuff has also played at International level, representing Jamaica on eight occasions.



Jobi McAnuff is Orient’s fifth signing of the summer. Russell Slade had indicated that he was looking to add more players to his squad and there could be further additions still to come.


2 Comments Posted

  1. Fantastic player – never wanted to see him leave. Best signing you will ever make…. Royals season ticket holder.

    • Thanks for the comment, it’s good to get a view on McAnuff from a Reading fan. The news has certainly been welcomed by Orient fans and hopefully he can make a similar contribution to our team as he did for the Royals. Good luck for the coming season.

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