Alan Dunne has joined Leyton Orient on a two-year deal. The 32 year-old defender was released by Millwall at the end of last season after more than 20 years at the club.
Speaking to www.leytonorient.com Orient boss Ian Hendon highlighted Dunne’s experience and versatility, stating that the Irish man can play across the back line as well as in midfield. He is also known for his tough tackling, though that has meant that he has been sent off more often than any player in Millwall’s history.
Very pleased to have signed 2 years with @leytonorientfc .Fantastic for me & my family.Can't wait to get started & help orient win promotion
— ALAN DUNNE (@alandunne2) July 27, 2015
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Born: 23rd August 1982, Dublin, Ireland
Height: 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Career Apps: 388
Dunne joined Millwall at the age of 8 and he progressed through the academy system to make his senior debut as a substitute against Sheffield United in March 2002.
The defender made 9 appearances during the 2003/04 season in which Millwall reached the FA Cup final, however Dunne did not get to face Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium as he was an unused substitute on the day.
Despite losing in the final, the Lions qualified for the Uefa Cup in 204/05. Dunne featured more regularly for Millwall but he did not get a taste of European football.
In 2005/06 Dunne made 45 appearances as the Lions were relegated to League One.
Milwall made the League One play-off final in 2008/09. Dunne started for the Lions at Wembley but they lost to Scunthorpe. However, Millwall eventually experienced promotion back to the Championship in 2009/10. The Irishman made 39 appearances that season and he was named as Millwall’s Player of the Year, but he missed out on the play-off final victory against Swindon.
In July 2011 Millwall gave Dunne his testimonial and the Lions managed a 4-3 win over Charlton.
Ian Holloway handed Dunne the Millwall captaincy at the start of last season and the Lions veteran made 42 appearances during the campaign. However, Millwall suffered relegation to League One as they finished in 22nd place in the Championship.
Dunne had become a popular figure with Millwall fans due to his determination and long association with the club. In total he made 388 senior appearances for the club over 15 seasons.
Dunne is Orient’s third deal of the day, following the arrivals of Frazer Shaw and Connor Essam. One more new addition is expected later today.