Filed: Friday, 24th February 2012
By: Staff Writer
Reserve goalkeeper Marek Stech has joined League One outfit Orient on a month-long emergency loan.
The Czech under-21 goalkeeper has moved to Brisbane Road as emergency cover for regular Os stopper Lee Butcher, who sustained a a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament at Scunthorpe last weekend.
With reserve 'keeper Jamie Jones yet to make an appearance for Orient's first team this season having undergone surgery last summer on an injured goalkeeper, Os boss Russell Slade has turned to Stech - who will wear the number 27 shirt - in order to fill the void.
Stech's move across east London will come as something of a surprise to some Hammers fans given that interference from Leyton Orient - and owner Barry Hearn in particular - was one of the primary reasons for the Olympic Stadium being snatched back from West Ham.
The original decision to award use of the £500million stadium to the Hammers was reversed after Orient and Tottenham Hotspur took legal action in 2011, arguing that the bidding process had been unfairly tilted in West Ham's favour.
Stech will remain at Orient until 24th March, before when he could make six appearances. His new club are scheduled to play Bury (a), Walsall (h), Wycombe (a), Tranmere (a), Brentford (h) and MK Dons (a) prior to his return to West Ham.
Steched up: Marek on tour
Orient are the fourth club to whom Stech has been loaned since moving from Sparta Prague to West Ham in August 2006. The others are:
(March to June 2009): 2 appearances
(November to December 2009): 1 appearance
(October to November 2011): 5 appearances
West Ham sign a third 'keeper [23rd Jul 2012]
Somer-Stech [5th Jul 2012]
Fred's dead, baby [29th Jun 2012]
Stech joins the exodus [28th Jun 2012]
Stech joins Os [24th Feb 2012]
Green facing one match ban [21st Feb 2012]
'Keeper returns [14th Nov 2011]
Czech out [14th Oct 2011]
Stech on trial [27th Sep 2011]
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