FLETCHER SIGNS AS ALEXANDER DEAL COLLAPSES
By Stuart James
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 20-year-old Northwich Victoria striker spent the last three months of the season on trial at Hull City, but he did not do enough for Tigers boss Brian Little to offer him a contract.
O's boss Tommy Taylor (pictured) saw enough of him in two FA Cup clashes between the sides to offer him a chance in the professional game and after pulling out of the race to land Alexander, who is poised to sign for Hull, Taylor has turned his attentions towards Fletcher.
"He played against us in the FA Cup and he did ever so well against us. We monitored him for the rest of the season and we had an opportunity to sign him and we've gone and done it," Taylor said.
"He's banged a few goals in against us, he's a left-footer which is good to have up front and he's very quick."
Taylor is keen to strengthen his strike force after being without his first choice pairing of Carl Griffiths and Steve Watts for the play-off final against Blackpool last month.
Their absence was notable as The O's crashed to a 4-2 defeat and missed out on promotion to Division Two and Griffiths has since signalled his intentions by stating he wants to quit Brisbane Road.
"We still want Carl to stay because he is a great goalscorer and deep down I don't believe he really wants to leave us," Taylor added.