Leyton Orient have confirmed the signing of Charlie Lee on a two-year contract. The 30-year-old midfielder had been a free agent following the expiry of his contract with Stevenage.
[textmarker color=”E00202″ type=”background color”]Charlie Lee[/textmarker]
Born: Whitechapel, England
Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Career Apps: 424
Career Goals: 41
Charlie began his career with Tottenham Hotspur in 2003 as a trainee. He was rewarded with a professional contract in 2005 but only managed to reach the substitutes bench with the senior team.
In 2006/07 Lee was loaned out to Millwall and he made five appearances for the Lions in League One as well as start in a Football League Trophy tie.
He was released by Tottenham in May 2007 without having made a senior appearance for the club. Peterborough United snapped Charlie up, signing him on a three-year-deal. In his first season with the club, Lee made 50 appearances and contributed 8 goals from central midfield as the Posh finished runners-up in League Two, sealing promotion. Lee’s performances for his new side also saw him named Peterborough’s Player of the Year for the 2007/08 season.
In his first season with the club, Lee made 50 appearances and contributed 8 goals from central midfield as the Posh finished runners-up in League Two, sealing promotion. Lee’s performances for his new side also saw him named Peterborough’s Player of the Year for the 2007/08 season.
In the campaign that followed, Charlie featured prominently again as the Posh claimed second place in League One, thus earning back-to-back promotions. Lee played 50 games again in all competitions and he showed his versatility, often playing in defence for the Posh. He also won the club’s player of the year award for the second successive season.
He continued to feature regularly in the Posh’s Championship campaign in 2009/10, playing 37 times in all competitions. That year, Peterborough were relegated back to League One.
Lee played a part in another good season for Peterborough in 2010/11. Though he had a short loan spell will Gillingham, he still managed to feature in 40 games as the Posh finished fourth in League One to claim a play-off spot. Charlie received a red card in a first leg defeat against MK Dons but the Posh overturned the deficit without Lee in the second leg to book a place in the play-offs. Charlie returned to action in the final but only as a substitute as Peterborough sealed promotion again with a 3-0 win over Huddersfield.
That proved to be his last appearance for the Posh as Andy Hessenthaler paid an undisclosed fee to bring Lee back to Gillingham on a permanent basis in July 2011.
In his first season with the Gills, Charlie played 39 games, scoring 6 goals. The following year, he featured regularly in the side that won League Two. Lee played 33 more times for the Gills as they beat relegation but he was released at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
In July 2014 Lee made the move to Stevenage. In his first two seasons with the Boro, Lee made over 80 appearances, scoring 12 goals. Last term, Charlie played 48 games and performed well, coming runner-up in the club’s player of the season award, therefore his release from Stevenage at the end of the season was something of a surprise.
— Charlie Lee (@charlielee06) July 3, 2017
Lee is the third new signing for the O’s this summer. He brings some much-needed experience and is a versatile player who is most comfortable in central midfield, but has featured for pervious clubs out wide as well as across the defence, particularly at left back.