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Walsall winger Otis Khan departs and joins Leyton Orient

Walsall have been dealt a blow as winger Otis Khan has left the club to join League Two rivals Leyton Orient.

Otis Khan
Otis Khan

The Saddlers had been in talks over a new deal with Khan, who was signed as a free agent on a three-month contract in October.

But the 26-year-old has departed the Banks’s Stadium to link up with Kenny Jackett's Orient, penning terms until the summer of 2023.

Walsall boss Matt Taylor said: “We wanted to keep Otis, we were in dialogue with Otis and he’s done well since he’s been with us so has options from other clubs.

“We’re disappointed he hasn’t signed with us, but we understood that was the risk on a short-term contract. We respect his decision and we wish him good luck.

“We would like to thank Otis for his efforts and wish him well for the future.”

Khan's departure comes after Walsall chairman Leigh Pomlett told the Express & Star last month that he was ready to facilitate a more long-term contract for the playmaker.

Khan made seven league appearances for Walsall, scoring twice.

He said on joining Orient: "I’ve played a lot of positions, I’m very versatile. The way Kenny wants me to play here suits me down to the ground. I like to get forward, assist, score goals, and help the team any way that I can.

"We’ve got a few games in hand, so I’m hoping to hit the ground running and get the team back in those play-off positions, as it’s where we should be. It’s a really exciting time."

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