Leyton Orient have signed Johnny Gorman on a one-year contract. The 20 year-old winger had been on trial with the O’s for a few weeks, featuring in the friendlies against St Albans, QPR and Arsenal. He scored against the Gunners on Tuesday night and he has clearly impressed the manager enough to earn a contract. Gorman was released by Wolves at the end of last season.
Gorman has played more games at International level than at club level. Despite being born in Sheffield, he initially played for the Republic of Ireland under-16s, before deciding to play for Northern Ireland. He progressed through the age groups all the way up to senior level. He made his international debut at the age of 17 in May 2010 in a friendly against Turkey. He has gone on to win a total of 9 caps with Northern Ireland.
The winger played for Manchester City and Manchester United at junior level before joining Wolves’ academy. He progressed well at the Molineux, winning the Wolves’ Academy Player of the Year in 2011. During that year he signed pro terms with Wolves. His only appearance for the club was as a substitute in the Premier League match against Norwich in March 2012.
He spent last season on loan at various clubs. He started the campaign on loan at Plymouth Argyle, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 victory Portsmouth in the League Cup. He made three more appearances for Plymouth before returning to Wolves at the end of September 2012.
In February 2013 he was sent out on loan to Conference Premier side Macclesfield Town, but he managed just one substitute appearance in his short spell at Moss Rose. He was then loaned out again, spending the rest of the season at Cambridge United. He made two substitute appearances for the U’s.
He will wear the number 20 shirt during his time at Brisbane Road.