Leyton Orient have signed defender Shane Lowry on a two-year contract. The 25 year-old was a free agent following his departure from Millwall at the end of last season. Lowry can operate at left back as well as centre back.
Born in Perth Australia, Lowry began his career at ECU Joondalup SC. In February 2005, at the age of 16 he joined Aston Villa and worked his way through the youth ranks and reserves to make his senior debut against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League in August 2009.
At the start of the 2009/10 campaign, Lowry joined Championship side Plymouth Argyle on loan. He made 13 appearances for the club before returning to Villa at the start of January. He played for the Villains against Brighton in the FA Cup, but he was soon loaned out again, joining Leeds at the end of the month. He managed 11 games for Leeds as they won promotion from League One, he also made an appearance in the Football League Trophy Area Final.
Lowry spent the second half of the 2010/11 season on loan at Sheffield United in the Championship. He received two straight red cards in 17 games with the Blades.
In November 2011 the defender gained more Championship experience, on this occasion on loan at Millwall. After 9 appearances, the Lions opted to make Lowry’s move permanent in January 2012, ending his seven year spell at Villa Park, during which he made just three substitute appearances for Villa. He made a further 14 appearances for Millwall that year.
In his first full season at the Den, Lowry was a regular, playing 45 games. He also missed just one of Millwall’s FA Cup games as they made it to the semi-finals, before losing to Wigan at Wembley. During that season he scored just his second career goal in spectacular fashion, executing a fine free-kick against Charlton.
Last season Lowry managed 23 appearances. He displayed his versatility by playing 10 Championship games at left back and 11 times at centre back. He left the club at the end of last season after his contract expired.
In 2006 Lowry was called up by the Republic Ireland Under-17s, making 6 appearances before graduating to the Under-21 side.
In 2009 he declared his availability for the Australian nationa team. He received a call-up for a friendly against the Netherlands and an Asia Cup qualifier against Oman. In 2010 he was included in Australia’s provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup in South Africa, however he was one of the seven players who did not make the cut.
During his senior career, Lowry has been sent-off on seven occasions.
Shane is Russell Slade’s fourth signing of the summer as he prepares his squad for the 2014/15 season. The Australian defender has travelled with his new teammates up to Northumberland for Orient’s pre-season training camp and he could feature in the friendly against Gateshead on Wednesday.