Southend boss Brown targets ex-Colchester duo

Southend are chasing David Mooney and Anthony Wordsworth

Southend are chasing David Mooney and Anthony Wordsworth

PHIL Brown is hoping to secure the signings of winger Anthony Wordsworth and striker David Mooney, the Southend Echo confirmed today.

Both players have played for Southend’s Essex rivals, Colchester, with Wordsworth in particular proving a thorn in the Shrimpers’ side over the years. He scored three goals in the 2009/10 derbies, and one in a 3-3 draw at Roots Hall the previous season. He has spent the last two years at Ipswich, but a series of injuries hampered his progress. He spent the back end of last season on loan at Crawley, where he netted four goals and set up 12 in a fruitful 18-match spell.

30-year-old David Mooney has spent the last five years with Leyton Orient and scored 21 goals in 2013/14 when the East Londoners only missed out on promotion to the second tier on penalties. However, last season’s upheaval took its toll on the Irishman, who netted only nine times as the O’s were relegated having gone through four managers during the course of the season.

The striker, formerly of Reading, had a loan spell in north Essex in 2010/11 when he scored nine goals in 39 matches. He stands 6ft 2ins tall but does not play as a traditional target man, preferring to use pace and guile to create goalscoring openings. He netted during Orient’s second leg JPT tie at Roots Hall in 2013.

Both players are out of contract with their respective clubs. Ipswich have already announced that free-kick specialist Wordsworth, 26, is to leave on 30th June and league newcomers Barnet are believed to be among three or four suitors.

While Orient have yet to officially reveal their retained list, it is understood that Mooney will reject any terms offered to him by the O’s. Internet rumours have linked him with Stevenage, but it is believed he wants to stay in League One.

The Shrimpers boss has yet to make a signing this summer but is hoping that the duo will choose Southend ahead of several other clubs who are also attempting to bring them in.

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