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David Mooney: Blues' ambition played a part in move to Roots Hall

2 July 2015

Striker excited at his return to playing League 1 football with the Blues.

Striker David Mooney is looking forward to the challenge of League 1 football with Southend United next season after agreeing to make the switch to Roots Hall.

The forward agreed a two-year contract with the Blues this morning and admitted the lure of a return to the third tier – after relegation with Leyton Orient last season – was a factor in his move to  the Blues.

“The Club getting promoted last season had a huge effect,” the 30-year-old Irishman said after passing a medical at Boots & Laces Training Ground.

“I want to enjoy my football again. It was disappointing last season for me and I'm looking forward to getting going again with the new challenge ahead in League 1.

“I wanted to get back into League 1 and the manager is very ambitious and a real character.

“It's a closed book and I've opened a new chapter here at Southend. I hope to do well here and help the team. We have the players here to do really well in the league. We're well organised here and the manager leaves no stone unturned.

“I work hard for the team, chase and score goals, so hopefully it can be a successful season for us.”

And the forward is looking forward to reacquainting himself with old friends after linking up with the Blues.

“I know a good few of the lads. I saw Michael Timlin today and played with Ben Coker and John White. I can't wait to meet the lads and kick on. In football I think everyone knows each other anyway by playing against each other.”

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