Leyton Orient snap up Dave Mooney
Tall striker Dave Mooney has joined Leyton Orient after being released by Reading.
The 26 year old Dubliner moved across to England to join Reading in 2008 after impressing for Shamrock Rovers, Longford Town, and Cork City in the League of Ireland. Despite his quarter of a million pound transfer fee, he never made a league appearance for the Royals, instead spending time out on loan, most significantly with Charlton and Colchester. Last season he scored 14 goals in League One for Colchester, and having shown he can make an impact at this level, Leyton Orient decided to offer him a contract.
While at Longford, Mooney played for the Republic of Ireland under-23 squad, but is looking forward to a new challenge with the Os. “There will be good competition and you need that because it keeps you on your toes,” he told the club website. “I know Jamie [Cureton] because we were at Norwich together and the lads who were here last year did really well too. Revs got a good few goals and [Jonathan] Téhoué too, so I’m looking forward to getting started and hopefully we can all chip in with the goals.
“I came here last week and met with Russell [Slade, manager] and I knew as I left that day that this was the place where I wanted to come and play. The way they performed last year from Christmas onwards shows the way this club is going and I want to be a part of that. This decision is down to football reasons and I think the style this club plays will suit me.
“I think I’d be like the link man between the midfield and the front, hopefully chipping in with a few goals and a few assists. The manager sees me as being a bit different to some of the other forwards we’ve got here and I’m just looking forward to getting going and helping the team to push forward.”