By Tom Blackburn

Jordan Bowery has signed for Leyton Orient after being released by Oxford at the end of the 2015-16 season, it was announced on Tuesday.

The striker, who was an Aston Villa player between 2012-14, has signed a two year contract with Orient.

On Tuesday morning, Leyton Orient revealed the news via their social media platforms as well as on their website.

After joining Aston Villa from Chesterfield in 2012, Bowery played 19 Premier League games for the club but was unable to score.

Upon leaving the midlands club he signed for Rotherham where he played for 18 months, after starting well with five goals in his first season.

However, that form didn’t continue and during the first half of this season the Englishman failed to score.

Subsequently in January 2016 he joined Oxford and he made a big impact as the club earned promotion to League One. Bowery scored seven leave goals in his seven league games.

Orient chief operating officer Vito Miceli stated his delight with the club’s transfer dealings over the summer after sealing the Bowery deal.

“This recruitment process started four months ago with the identification of potential targets in League One and League Two by the Club’s scouting system, led by the Head of Recruitment Roberto Gagliardi with the technical advisory of manager Andy Hessenthaler and his assistant Andy Edwards,” Miceli told the club website.

“It’s been exciting to have spent the last two months in direct contact with the Chairman Francesco Becchetti, who was excellent in steering the recruitment process and making sound and timely decisions aimed at building a team which will be successful in the seasons to come, in order to achieve those prestigious targets that the second oldest professional club in London deserves.”

In other Aston Villa news, they are closing in on a major signing as talks advance with former Manchester United ace.