He was heartbroken at the time, but Harry Beautyman’s release from Leyton Orient proved to be a blessing in disguise for the new Peterborough United midfielder.
The 22 year-old was at the Matchroom Stadium from the age of nine. He was handed a pro contract by manager Martin Ling before his world was shattered by the arrival of Russell Slade later that season.
“Russell just didn’t fancy me as a player,” Beautyman said. “That happens in football.
“One minute I was discussing first-team opportunities with a manager and the next I was surplus to requirements.
“It was heartbreaking to leave the club after I’d been there for so long, but as it turned out it was a blessing.
“I spent two seasons playing for Sutton in the Conference South and that was a great education for me.
“I loved playing regularly and it also toughened me up. I then took a step up to Welling in the Conference and I did well at that level also so I was confident I would get back into the Football League eventually.
“There were some disappointments along the way as I was continually getting linked with League clubs and then nothing would happen so when I heard of Peterborough’s interest I tried not to get too excited.
“When the deal was done I was made up. I knew this was going to be a big season for me so to become a League One player before Christmas was a huge boost for me.”
And there’s every chance that Beautyman, who impressed as a substitute against Bristol City last month, could make his full Posh debut at Orient this weekend.
If so he will not step onto the field bearing a grudge.
“It’s not in my nature to seek revenge,” Beautyman added.
“I had a great 10 years at Orient, made some good friends and enjoyed the support of the Orient fans.
“I’d love to play, or least play a part, in a win because I want to make my name at Peterborough now.
“I enjoyed playing against Bristol City. I felt comfortable and that’s a lot to do with the players and staff making me so welcome when I arrived here.
“Peterborough have given me the opportunity in the Football League that I’ve wanted since leaving Orient.
“I now want to repay them by helping to deliver success.”