Leyton Orient have announced their first signing of the summer and it means there will be yet another familiar face returning to the club.
David Mooney has signed a two-year contract with the O’s. The 32-year-old striker was a free agent after his Southend United contract expired at the end of last season. Mooney’s contract will begin tomorrow (1st July).
Mooney began his career in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers and he made his first senior appearance in 2004. He went on to score nine goals in 40 appearances for the Hoops.
In the summer of 2005, he made the switch to Longford Town. In his third and final season with the club, Mooney was in stunning form as he bagged 19 league goals which made him the top goalscorer in the League of IrelandPremier Division. During that year he was also named as the PFAI Player of the Year. He left the club following their relegation, having scored 29 goals for Longford in 76 appearances.
Despite interest from clubs in England, in 2008 Mooney signed for Cork City. He had a successful season with Cork, scoring 15 goals in 22 league games and he also featured in UEFA Cup for the club.
In August 2008, Mooney finally made the move to England as Reading snapped up the Irishman for a reported €260,000 transfer fee. However, he spent much of his three years with the Royals out on loan and managed just a handful of appearances.
Following a short stint on loan at Stockport County, Mooney joined to Norwich City on loan in March 2009 and he managed three goals in nine appearances.
He spent much of the 2009/10 season on loan with Charlton and he featured far more regularly for the Addicks, making 31 appearances in which he scored a total of six goals.
His loan spell at Colchester United in the season that followed proved to be even better of the Irish striker as he played 44 games for the U’s and scored 14 goals, making him the club’s top goalscorer that year.
Mooney signed for Orient in July 2011 after his contract with Reading expired. In his first season with the O’s he played 42 games but couldn’t match the goalscoring form he displayed with Colchester the year before, as he only notched eight goals for the O’s in 2011/12.
His record improved in 2012/13 as the Irishman bagged 13 goals in 42 games, despite having his season ended prematurely due to an ankle injury. In June 2013, Russell Slade handed Mooney a new two-year contract.
Mooney was a key part of Orient’s improvement in 2013/14 as he contributed 21 goals in 48 appearances during the campaign which culminated in the play-off final. He became the first Orient striker to break the 20 goal mark since 1977/78 when Peter Kitchen managed that total.
Of course, the 2014/15 season was one to forget, as the O’s were relegated from League One. Mooney notched nine goals in 38 appearances that year, and he managed to reach the milestone of 50 goals for the O’s after scoring a penalty in the 3-0 win over Oldham in February.
In total, Mooney made 170 appearances in an Orient shirt and accumulated 51 goals for the O’s during his four seasons in E10.
Following the end of his contract with the O’s in the summer of 2015, Mooney signed a contract with Southend United, which ensured he would continue to play in League One. In his first season at Roots Hall, Mooney scored six goals in 30 appearances. However, last term he found appearances and goals harder to by as scored just two goals in 15 appearances, however, an ankle injury did force him to miss a significant part of the campaign.
Mooney’s return has been welcomed by many O’s fans. The squad at Brisbane Road remains a thin one, therefore more arrivals are expected over the coming days and weeks.