Leyton Orient have signed goalkeeper Gary Woods on a two-year deal. The 23 year-old was a free agent after leaving Watford at the end of last season.
Kettering-born Woods started out at Cambridge United’s youth team. In July 2007 Manchester United secured his signature despite interest from other Premier League clubs. He did not manage to make a senior appearance for Manchester United and he left the club in 2008.
Woods then joined Doncaster Rovers in March 2009, and made his senior debut a month later as a late substitute against Crystal Palace in the Championship. He continued to be Neil Sullivan’s understudy throughout the 2009/10 season. His full senior debut didn’t come until February 2011 in the victory over Burnley in the Championship. He managed to keep his place in the side for the rest of the 2010/11 campaign, making another 15 appearances. The following season he made 14 appearances as Donny were relegated to League One. Woods also played in two League Cup games.
For the 2011/12 season Woods was first-choice at Doncaster, playing 49 games as they were promoted back to the Championship as champions of League One. He also kept a clean sheet in both matches against the O’s that season. Despite his emergence as Donny’s number one, Woods left the club in the summer of 2013.
In September 2013 Woods signed for Watford, but he didn’t manage to make an appearance last season.
Woods has also had some experience in the England youth set-up, having played for the Under-16 and Under-18 sides.
He joins the club as Orient’s third signing of the summer along with fellow goalkeeper Adam Legzdins and midfielder Bradley Pritchard. He will now compete with Legzdins for the number one jersey, allowing hot prospect Charlie Grainger to gain some expeience out on loan.