Shane Lowry ready for a fresh start

Aussie defender Shane Lowry says he is after a fresh start with League One side Leyton Orient after leaving Championship club Millwall in the off-season.

Lowry was released by Millwall after spending two and half-years at the Den and making more than 70 appearances for the London outfit.

The 25-year old featured in 23 matches for the Lions in 2013-2014, compared with 45 the season before.

“I’m looking for a fresh start,” Lowry told FourFourTwo.

“It wasn’t a case of me being released [by Millwall], there was a number of factors involved in it. I wanted to play football and this opportunity came up at Leyton Orient. I had a number of options but I thought this was the best for me.”

The former ECU Joondalup and Aston Villa junior has a signed a two-year deal with Leyton Orient, who finished third in the league last season and missed out on promotion to the Championship after losing to Rotherham United on penalties in the playoff-final.

Lowry said he is enjoying his time at the O’s and going up this season is the goal.

“They went close last year and with the new owners they’re investing a lot of money into the squad, the team and the infrastructure so I wanted to be part of that,” he said.

“We’ve made some good signings and the team we already had last season was really good so hopefully we can get promoted. We’ll be one of the stronger teams in the league in my opinion. That’s the aim – promotion – it doesn’t matter how we get it, that’s the main aim this season.”

Lowry is aiming for selection at either centre back or left back when Orient opens its League One campaign against Chesterfield on August 9.

“It’s down to the manager, first and foremost, I just want to play regularly,” he said.

“I’m happy to do both, I see myself as a centre back but I can play on the left and I’ll be looking to do both positions if I can.

“We’ve got Chesterfield at home. It’s a tough one to begin with, they’ve just come up themselves so they’ll be right at it. They’ll want to impress. I’m fit to play, hopefully if I’m selected I can make my full debut and we can get a positive result.”