LEE COOK is delighted to have put a summer of uncertaintly behind him by putting pen-to-paper on a deal with the O’s.
The 30-year-old former QPR winger found himself without a club in pre-season after being released from Loftus Road and has had to wait until now to get his 2012/13 campaign up and running.
After spending two months on loan in E10 last season, he returned to train with the club for the last three weeks and has impressed sufficiently to earn a contract with Russell Slade’s men.
“It’s been a difficult summer for a lot of players out there,” he said. “I think the PFA list has over 75 players still without a club so it’s not a good year to be out of contract.
“But I’ve been training here for the last three weeks getting myself fit and I’m pleased to have signed until January now.
“It’ll be good to get going again, playing on a Saturday and trying to pick up results.
“The fact I was here last season was massive in deciding to sign again. I had a good relationship with the gaffer and Nuge and I enjoyed my loan spell here.
“I didn’t really want to go up north in League 1 so signing here is ideal. I know the place, I know the people here and I’ve got to know the new players over the last few weeks. I’m raring to go now.”
Cook arrives in E10 with the O’s having lost their opening two League games of the campaign, but he is sure they will soon turn their form around.
He continued: “I want to help the team push up the table because two defeats at the start of the season isn’t great, but we’ve got a home game tomorrow and we have to look for the three points.
“The start last year, I wasn’t here, but I know that after 10 games we’d lost seven or something like that. We don’t want that again, so hopefully we can get some results and confidence going.
“It’s important to get some early momentum, usually the teams fighting at the top have good starts. There have only been two games so it’s not heads down at the minute.
“If we win tomorrow we’ll have three points from three games, then a big game against Everton which could bring confidence to the team. Then you’ve got to look to kick on, the boys don’t want to be scrapping down at the bottom of the league.”
Cook’s three-and-a-half years with QPR were disrupted by injury, but after returning last year to play 14 games across loan spells with the O’s and Charlton, he is relishing the opportunity of returning to regular action.
He added: “When I came here last year I’d missed the whole of the last pre-season and I’d only played a couple of reserve games for QPR.
“I came in and after two or three games I felt up to speed. I’ve been training here this summer and I’ve been doing a lot of runs with Nuge after training so I’m raring to go tomorrow.
“I don’t know if I’ll be starting yet, but hopefully I can contribute by setting a goal up or scoring one.”