The East London & West Essex Guardian report that assistant coach Ross Embleton says fan favourite David Mooney was allowed to leave Leyton Orient to increase his chances of playing regular football during the latter stages of his career.

The striker’s second spell with the O’s was ended last week when the National League side terminated his contract by mutual consent.

Mooney’s departure had been on the cards for the last few months, with the striker not included in any of Orient’s match-day squads this campaign following the arrival of James Alabi from Tranmere Rovers and Matt Harrold’s return from injury.

Embleton said: “I think with Moons, everyone knows his status at the club and with many of the fans. It was always going to be a tough decision for him and the gaffer and everyone at the club for him to move on.

“With Moons, last season wasn’t a year where he blew everybody away. I think he would be the first person to admit that. He was probably hoping to try and hit the ground running and come back this year and make a mark on the league again.”

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