Shane Lowry closer to Orient exit

Australian defender Shane Lowry’s club future is still up in the air after completing a trial with Championship outfit Birmingham City.

Lowry, 26, is currently contracted at Leyton Orient but is free to walk out on the club thanks to a clause in his contract following the club’s relegation to League Two.

The left-back has been trialling with Birmingham City but a deal has yet to be struck, with a number of other English clubs reportedly in the mix to sign the Perth-born defender.

However, a return to Leyton Orient is still a slight possibility, a situation that frustrates manager Ian Hendon.

“I can’t take a chance on Shane in respect of the fact that he can walk out anytime. If a club makes an offer on Monday then he is gone on Tuesday.” Hendon told the East London Advertiser.

“I need to build a squad that is going to be here for the season, I want players that are on board and if he can’t commit to staying with us, he won’t be kicking a ball for Orient.”

Lowry joined Orient last season after two years at Millwall but has been intent on seeking a move away after the club was relegated from League One.

Orient kicked-off their season on Saturday with a 2-0 with over Barnet, with Australian goalkeeper Alex Cisak keeping a clean sheet in goals.

Meanwhile, Birmingham defeated Reading 2-1 at St. Andrews, with City goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak saving a 98th minute penalty from Orlando Sa to keep the three points.