Leyton Orient have signed Paul McCallum on a two-year contract. The 21 year-old striker is the second new addition of the summer to have worked with Ian Hendon while he was in charge of West Ham’s development side, following the arrival of Blair Turgott earlier today.
[textmarker color=”E00202″ type=”background color”]Paul McCallum[/textmarker]
Height: 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Career Apps: 49
Paul McCallum began his career with Dulwich Hamlet. He broke into the senior side in October 2010. His form for the Hamlet attract the attention of a number of Premier League sides.
He signed for West Ham in January 2011. After spending a season in the Hammers’ development team, McCallum was loaned out to Rochdale in January 2012, however he did not make an appearance for the Dale.
McCallum joined AFC Wimbledon on loan in November 2012. His full debut for the Dons did not end well as he was sent-off eight minutes from time. Following his three match ban, McCallum opened his goalscoring account for the Dons and he went on to score four goals in three games. However, he did not score again before returning to West Ham due to injury in February. He made a total of nine appearances for AFC Wimbledon, scoring four goals.
He ended the 2012/13 season on loan at Aldershot and he scored three goals in nine games for the Shots.
Paul signed for Torquay on loan in October 2013 and he managed three goals in six appearances, which included a brace which gave the Gulls the victory over Bury. However, yet again his loan spell was cut short due to injury, this time he was sidelined with a back problem.
McCallum spent the second half of the 2013/14 season on loan with Scottish Premiership side Hearts. His debut was a Scottish League Cup semi-final tie which went all the way to penalties. McCallum stepped up in the shoot-out but he failed to score from the spot. He made six more appearances for Hearts but he did not manage to score a goal for the club before returning to his parent club due to an ankle injury.
West Ham loaned McCallum out again in January 2015. He joined League Two Portsmouth but only managed seven substitute appearances and he was sent-off late on in just his second game for the club. In addition to the automatic three-match ban for violent conduct, the FA charged him with improper conduct, which resulted in a seven match ban.
He was released by the Hammers at the end of the last campaign.