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Ex-England C and Leyton Orient left-back Frazer Shaw joins East Thurrock United

FORMER Leyton Orient and England C left-back Frazer Shaw has returned to Non-League with National League South side East Thurrock United.

The 21-year-old came through the ranks at West Ham United but he really caught the eye after dropping into the semi-professional game with Dulwich Hamlet.

He was a key part of the Hamlet defence and was rewarded with an England C cap in their victory over Republic of Ireland U21s in the summer of 2015.

Shaw subsequently went on trial at League Two side Orient and he did enough to earn himself a one-year deal at Brisbane Road.

He made 20 appearances in the League last season but was released at the end of the campaign before signing a deal with Accrington Stanley.

However, Shaw departed Stanley in August after failing to break into the first team and he will now link up with East Thurrock, currently ninth in the National League South.

Following his Accrington exit, boss John Coleman said: “He is a good player, a good lad, but he found it difficult to settle being a southern lad based up north away from his family.

“He isn’t playing and that makes it doubly hard. He has a choice of either hanging around, not playing, being unsettled and waiting for his opportunity, or going and trying to take his opportunity elsewhere and that’s what he has decided to do.

“There is no animosity, it was all done on the best of terms and I hope he goes elsewhere and fulfils the potential I know he has.”

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