Leyton Orient are close to extending Josh Coulson’s contract, according to Football Insider.
Coulson initially joined the O’s on loan when they were first relegated to the National League in 2017, but has since become an integral player and his importance to the club’s promotion was reflected by him being made club captain this summer.
It is reported that the club will offer the centre-back a new two-year deal as they look to consolidate themselves back in the Football League.
Not only has he impressed with his own performances, but he has been brilliant at nurturing young defenders Dan Happe and Marvin Ekpiteta, whom will likely go on to bigger and better things due in part to Coulson’s influence.
The 30-year-old currently has a year remaining on his current deal, but he has become a fan favourite at Brisbane Road and Orient will need continuity in order to push on, hence the reason for the early extension.
This is great news for O’s fans and the club, and it is a development they have needed after a somewhat lacklustre summer in which there have been just three arrivals at the club, despite the departure of key players Macauley Bonne and Josh Koroma.
When Coulson first signed there were concerns over his fitness – it was the only reason Cambridge allowed him to leave – and indeed he missed a large portion of his first season in East London through injury.
However, upon his return at the beginning of last season he quickly became a colossus and was key in the team keeping 24 clean sheets in all competitions last season.
He also chipped in with vital goals throughout the season, including one which took the O’s to Wembley in the FA Trophy, so he should make a valuable contribution over the next two years.