Os sign City's cult hero
ORIENT made their third new signing of the summer with the capture of striker Adrian Patulea on Tuesday, writes TREVOR DAVIES. The forward, who rejected a new deal at Lincoln City, was a cult hero at Sincil Bank and his arrival should certainly stir thing
ORIENT made their third new signing of the summer with the capture of striker Adrian Patulea on Tuesday, writes TREVOR DAVIES.
The forward, who rejected a new deal at Lincoln City, was a cult hero at Sincil Bank and his arrival should certainly stir things up at Brisbane Road.
O's boss Geraint Williams now has 17 of his squad in place for the new campaign and suddenly his plans are starting to fall into place.
There had been little movement at Brisbane Road during the summer, until Sean Thornton finally agreed to sign a new deal last week and then, 24 hours later, defender Ben Chorley arrived from Tranmere.
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Now Romanian striker Patulea has joined on a two-year deal after rejecting a new contract with the League Two side.
O's are starting to have a new-look about them and a striker was desperately required, as Williams looked short of firepower.
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Wayne Gray was released at the end of last season, top scorer Adam Boyd was sold to Hartlepool United, while Dean Morgan, who had spent a season's-long loan at Brisbane Road, was not retained.
But Williams has since captured veteran hit-man Scott McGleish and now Patulea is on board.
Williams was pleased with his capture and said: "He scored a lot of different types of goals for Lincoln. Volleys and shots from outside the area, but he is also a goal poacher.
"I'm sure the lads will welcome here."
The 24-year-old arrived in England last season when Imps boss Peter Jackson paid an undisclosed fee to take the forward from Petrolul Ploiesti.
He made an instant impression at Sincil Bank, netting 11 goals in 17 starts plus 14 substitute appearances, during his debut season in League Two.
Targoviste-born Patulea began his career with Rapid Bucharest before moving to Astra Ploiesti and then Petrolul Ploiesti.