Blair Turgott and Paul Mccallum join Leyton Orient

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Leyton Orient have completed the signings of former West Ham United academy players Paul Mccallum and Blair Turgott on free transfers.

Both have played under new boss Ian Hendon who is looking to build a squad capable of regaining their League One status following last season's relegation.

Mccallum, 21, has signed on a two-year deal after spending last year on loan at Hearts and Portsmouth, with the striker failing to find the net in his 13 appearances.

His playing time at Portsmouth was significantly reduced after a seven match ban for contacting referee Lee Collins.

Despite a disappointing season for Mccallum Hendon had faith that he can return to the form that saw him score four goals in nine games for MK Dons.

Winger Turgott, also 21, has agreed a one-year deal with the O's having played three matches for Coventry in his three months with the League One side, finding the net once.

Turgott has represented England at U16, U17, U18 and U19 level, with 10 goals to show for the England youth sides.

The wide man talked about his excitement to once again work with Ian Hendon, telling the club website: "He's very Professional...At the time that I was at West Ham he kept me on my feet."

Orient needed new goalscorers after losing Chris Dagnall to Indian side Kerala Blasters. The centre forward was the club's top scorer last season, finding the net 11 times over the course of the campaign.

The pair are the latest arrivals at the club following new signings Sam Clohessy (28) from Colchester and Sammy Moore (27) from AFC Wimbledon, who have both agreed two year deals, as the team near their preparations for the new season.

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