Beautyman: I have come back stronger from Leyton Orient release
PUBLISHED: 15:34 12 December 2014
Former O’s youngster set to line-up for Peterborough United against former side tomorrow.
Harry Beautyman admitted he was devastated to be released by Leyton Orient in 2011, but now feels he has come back even stronger as he prepares to line-up for Peterborough United against the O’s tomorrow.
Beautyman came through the youth ranks at Brisbane Road, but failed to make a first team appearance before being released three years ago.
But after spending time in non league with both Sutton United and Welling United, Posh opted to give the 22-year-old another chance in the Football League.
And while he was disappointed to be released at the time, Beautyman feels that was maybe a blessing in disguise.
“I was at Leyton Orient from such a young age. It was my boyhood club and when I didn’t get my contract renewed I was devastated,” said Beautyman.
“But in a way I feel that has done me the world of good. I have had plenty of experience in the game now and maybe at the time I wasn’t quite ready for it at Leyton Orient.
“I feel there was the chance to prove people wrong and over time I got a lot of support from the players and some thought it was harsh that I left Orient but football is all about a matter of opinions at the end of the day.
“Dropping down to non league does make it tough to get back to Football League, but I feel ready for the Football League now and maybe at the time when I was released I wasn’t ready.”
Tomorrow will be a tough occasion for Beautyman, coming back to a place he called home for such a long time.
But he admits he can ill-afford to get overawed by the occasion, with a number of friends and family watching on from the stands.
“I can’t wait for Saturday. It will be a good experience for me to come back but I can’t let the occasion get to me,” he added.
“Sometimes when you are trying to prove people wrong you can want it a bit too much and it affects your game. I just have the play the way I usually play.
“I was there from such a young age that I feel I was affectively brought up by the club. I was born just down the road in Newham General Hospital and I spent my early years in East Ham before moving to Hornchurch for my secondary school.”
Many may well have not wished for Beautyman to be released from Orient when he did, but former players have a habit of coming back to haunt you so the O’s will have to be on the lookout to keep the player they spent time nurturing and developing quiet.
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