Granville to play U's next season
FORMER Colchester United defender Danny Granville is set to play against his old team-mates next season.Full-back Granville was one of seven players released by U's boss Geraint Williams this summer - the others were Kevin Watson, Luke Guttridge, Adam Virgo, Bela Balogh, Tom Webb and Tom Devaux.
FORMER Colchester United defender Danny Granville is set to play against his old team-mates next season.
Full-back Granville was one of seven players released by U's boss Geraint Williams this summer - the others were Kevin Watson, Luke Guttridge, Adam Virgo, Bela Balogh, Tom Webb and Tom Devaux.
And the experienced Granville has lost no time in finding himself a new club. He signed for League One side Leyton Orient yesterday, on an initial one-year deal with the option of a second.
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The O's were promotion contenders during the first half of last season, before nose-diving to a final position of 14th spot, a distant
16 points behind Southend, who finished in the final play-off berth.
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Orient manager Martin Ling said: "It is pleasing to get the first summer signing done and dusted, and especially one of Danny Granville's quality."
Granville arrived at Layer Road from Crystal Palace on a free transfer last summer, but never really established himself as a regular in the U's starting line-up.
The 33-year-old Londoner, who won a UEFA Cup Winner's Cup medal with Chelsea in 1998, started just 14 league games in the U's relegation campaign. He was ever-present during the months of October and November, but only made two brief appearances as a substitute following the turn of the year.
Granville operated mainly as a left-back, but also as an emergency centre-half for the U's. He began his professional career at Cambridge United in 1993 and has also played for Chelsea, Leeds (£1.6m fee), Manchester City (£1m fee), Norwich (on loan) and Crystal Palace.