Leyton Orient have today announced the signing of former Watford keeper Gary Woods on a free transfer.
The ex-Manchester United and Doncaster Rovers player has agreed a two year contract at Brisbane Road and becomes the club’s third summer signing.
After leaving Doncaster Rovers following the club’s promotion to the Championship in 2012/13, Woods agreed a short-term contract with Watford back in September. The former England youth international agreed an extension until the end of the 2013/14 campaign but failed to make a single appearance at Vicarage Road.
Woods’ only previous first-team experience comes from his time at the Keepmoat Stadium. After signing in 2009 as competition to veteran keeper Neil Sullivan, Woods eventually established himself as first-choice during the club’s League One title winning season. In all he made 73 league appearances for Doncaster Rovers.
Woods will now compete for the keeper’s jersey with fellow new signing Adam Legzdins. The club have been seeking replacements for the departed Jamie Jones and Eldin Jakupovic who both played in goal for Leyton Orient last season.
The East London club have recently been bolstered by the takeover of Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti who has promised to fund Russell Slade in the transfer market.
The O’s are hoping to improve on last season’s defeat in the League One play-off final on penalties to Rotherham United.