Leyton Orient’s highly-rated young defender Dan Happe – who was linked with Premier League pair Leicester Cty and Norwich City and Championship side Leeds United earlier last month – has put pen to paper on a new deal at Brisbane Road.

League Two side Leyton Orient have confirmed on their official club website that highly-rated defender Dan Happe has agreed to sign a one-year contract extension with the club, meaning his deal will now expire in the summer of 2021.

A report from the Daily Mail – as covered here on The72 – had claimed that Leeds United held a “long-term interest” in Orient man Happe, with Premier League sides Leicester City and Norwich City also credited with interest in the 20-year-old.

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However, the trio said keen on youngster Happe now look unlikely to be bringing him in any time soon, with him committing his future to Leyton Orient for another two years.

Speaking to the club website, Happe has said that he is looking forward to pressing on with his development at Brisbane Road and will be hoping that he can continue his already impressive development at League Two level after the O’s promotion from the National League.

 “I am delighted to sign my new contract. I thought it was the right thing to do at my age and hopefully, I can kick-on here.”

“This is a Club that means an awful lot to me, they gave me an opportunity at such a young age so I glad to be able to repay the faith by staying here. I have known Ross [Embleton, Orient manager] for a while now and I feel I have a good connection with him so I am looking forward to continuing to improve under him”


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