Cambridge United head coach Shaun Derry paid tribute to Josh Coulson after the long-serving defender joined Leyton Orient this week.

Coulson signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the O’s earlier this week after joining them on loan at the beginning of the season. He missed a majority of last season, Derry’s first full term in charge, after picking up an ankle injury against Wycombe Wanderers in November 2016.

But the head coach is confident that it is the right move for the 28-year-old, saying that it reminds him of a similar transfer he made as a player.

“I wish him well,” he said. “Before you even talk about anyone’s ability as a footballer, he’s a character that I really got on well with.

“He’s a great guy, a fantastic man and what he’s been given is a fantastic opportunity to extend his career at a really good football club. Leyton Orient is a very, very big football club.

“It reminds me a little bit of myself when I left Crystal Palace to drop down a division to sign for Leeds United, it was a big, big football club and one that gave me the opportunity to progress my career and that’s what Josh has done. They’ve offered him a brilliant contract, over a number of years as well.

“I think for Josh to be that player, to be that number one centre-half is important for him.”

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