Dover Athletic lose striker Ruel Sotiriou to parent club Leyton Orient: Ruel has been fantastic is his short time with us and we really tried to keep him but it wasn’t to be

Thursday 28th November 2019

DOVER ATHLETIC’S on-loan striker Ruel Sotiriou has today been recalled by his parent club Leyton Orient.

The 19-year old scored three goals for Andy Hessenthaler’s side since he signed on a month’s loan earlier this month.

He played the leading role in getting the National League club through to the second round of the FA Cup after scoring the winner in the 1-0 triumph against Southend United.

In a statement on Hessenthaler said he had tried hard to extend the loan deal.

“Ruel has been fantastic is his short time with us and we really tried to keep him, but it wasn’t to be,” said Hessenthaler.

“We are very grateful to Leyton Orient for letting us have him in the first place and we’d certainly have him back if the opportunity presented itself.

“I’d like to thank Ruel for everything he’s done for us and wish him all the very best for the future.”

With his side in the bottom six in League Two, Leyton Orient interim head coach, Ross Embleton added:  “He’s gone out and proven himself with the goals that he’s scored and the performances that he’s put in that he’s capable of performing at that level.

“The loan has been an outstanding period for him, we thank Dover Athletic for treating him properly and looking after him and he comes back for me as a player with a bit between his teeth, goals and minutes under his belt and ready to put pressure on other people”

Dover Athletic are in 12th place in the Vanarama National League table with 32 points from 22 games and travel to third-placed League One side Peterborough United in The Emirates FA Cup Second Round on Sunday, 1 December 2019 (14:00).

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