Monday 27 January 2020

The bizarre reason Leyton Orient are trying to sign an actual dog

The club need someone to patrol the wing and keep the foxes out of the box.

A dog plays with a football on a football pitch – (Nigel French/EMPICS Sport)
A dog plays with a football on a football pitch – (Nigel French/EMPICS Sport)

By Max McLean, Press Association

National League side Leyton Orient might not be able to turn heads with £50 million deals for strikers, but their latest move in the transfer market has definitely got people talking.

The Os, who finished mid-table in the fifth tier of English football last season, are calling on local fans to provide them with a dog capable of dealing with the fox problem they are experiencing on the pitch.

It’s not a rock solid centre-back, but it could still prove a crucial acquisition.

“The Club have been having issues with foxes entering the playing surface at night (quite literally the one time we don’t want a fox in the box) and it is thought a dog’s presence will help prevent further pitch invasions at The Breyer Group Stadium,” a statement on the club’s website read.

As one Twitter user pointed out, the club attempting to keep foxes out of the box is a slight change in club policy.

Meanwhile the internet had more than enough gifs of dogs to suggest a whole host of worthy puppers, from this keen employee…

… to this very hard-working individual.

But what about a proper strikers’ partnership? An Alan Shearer/Chris Sutton duo that some canine supporters could really get on board with?

Presumably the salary will be paid in chew toys and tummy rubs.

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