Leyton Orient have signed Mansfield Town striker Ollie Palmer for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old striker has signed a two-year contract with the O’s.
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Born: 21st January 1992, Epsom, England
Height: 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Career Apps: 184
Palmer began his career at Woking, progressing through the youth and reserve teams before signing a professional contract in August 2010. In his first season of senior football he made 20 appearances for the Cardinals in the Conference South, and he managed two goals.
During that season Palmer had a loan spell with St Albans City during which he scored one goal in five appearances.
Ollie Palmer began the 2011/12 season on loan at Conference South side Boreham Wood. He managed one goal in seven games before his loan spell was cut short.
In September 2011 Havant and Waterlooville agreed a deal with Woking for the striker. In his first season with the Hawks Palmer scored 12 goals in 27 appearances which was rumoured to have attracted the attention of Charlton and later Chelsea.
Palmer’s second season at West Leigh Park was even more impressive as he grabbed 25 goals in 44 games, which saw him named ‘Player of the Year’ in the Conference South as he finished the campaign as the league’s top scorer.
In August 2013 Palmer made the step up to League Two as newly promoted Mansfield Town paid an undisclosed fee to take him to Field Mill. Ollie scored five goals in 43 appearances in his first season with the Stags, which included the club’s first goal in the Football League after five years.
Last term the striker scored just two goals in 21 appearances for Mansfield, one of which came in the FA Cup victory over Concord Rangers.
As a result Palmer was loaned out to Grimsby Town in January 2015 initially on a one-moth loan deal. He scored on his debut for the Mariners and his record of two goals in three games convinced Grimsby to extend the loan until the end of the season. In total, Palmer bagged six goals in 13 games for the Mariners during the regular season, helping the club to a third-place finish in the Conference which secured a place in the play-offs.
The Mariners beat Eastleigh in the first leg and a brace from Ollie Palmer in the home fixture helped Grimsby reach the play-off final by a comfortable 5-1 aggregate scoreline.
Palmer started against Bristol Rovers in the final but he was substituted after 70 minutes and Grimsby ultimately lost on penalties.
The last time the O’s paid a fee for a player was in the summer of 2007 when Wayne Gray joined the club from Yeovil Town.
Palmer is the fifth new signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Sammy Moore, Sean Clohessy, Paul McCallum and Blair Turgott.