Leyton Orient youngster Brendon Shabani has agreed his first professional contract with the club.

Shabani, 17, has worked his way through the youth ranks at the club and was named on the bench for the FA Trophy third-round win against Blyth Spartans in February.

Speaking to the club website, he said: “I’ve been at the club since I was 12-years-old and it’s any boy’s dream to sign for a club as big as Leyton Orient. Now it’s about pushing on to be the best I can be.”

While on the fringes of the first team last season, Shabani had the opportunity to work with late head coach Justin Edinburgh, and the midfielder is thankful for the faith that the former boss showed in him.

He said: “Ever since I came into pre-season training as a first-year scholar, the gaffer put his faith in me straight away.

“We’d have chats and as a youngster if you have the first team manager guiding you and giving you advice, it means the world. Without him, none of this would have happened, so I’m going to do everything I can to make him proud and I want to thank him.”