Jason Demetriou: Walsall sign former Leyton Orient right-back
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Walsall have made their first signing of the summer by bringing in defender Jason Demetriou.
The 27-year-old former Leyton Orient right-back has spent the past five years playing in Cyprus.
He first played for Saddlers boss Dean Smith in his days at Orient, where he made 167 first-team appearances.
The Cyprus international, who has won 24 caps, moved to AEK Larnaca in 2010 before signing for Anorthosis Famagusta three years later.
|Good grouping from Dean Smith's Saddlers|
|Walsall came 14th in League One last season, 10 points shy of a play-off place. Dean Smith's side finished one place lower than the season before, despite picking up one point more (59).|
"I have known Jason for a long time," said Saddlers boss Dean Smith. "He will bring bags of energy, great technique and a winning mentality.
"He has the know-how and drive that we are looking for. He's an extremely talented player so I'm delighted that we have been able to persuade him to come here."
Demetriou added: "I owe a lot to Dean Smith. I worked closely with him when I was coming up through the youth ranks at Leyton Orient.
"I've missed the buzz of the English game and this opportunity has come up at the right time for me."