Leyton Orient can rebuild in the summer - David Mooney

David Mooney
Mooney has scored nine goals for Leyton Orient this season

Leyton Orient will be able to rebuild in the summer if they avoid the drop from League One, says David Mooney.

The O's are currently 20th, only above the relegation zone on goal difference.

"A lot has probably been blown out of proportion this season. It's obviously been a difficult year for everyone," the striker told BBC London 94.9.

"The most important thing is that we can stay in this division and build during the summer. Hopefully we can recreate the days we had last season."

Orient, who were beaten play-off finalists last season, have had four different managers this term and have been in the bottom reaches of the division for most of the campaign.

The east London club were taken over by Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti last summer and Mooney thinks survival could mark a change in their fortunes.

"The owner has put a lot of money into the team and the infrastructure," the 30-year-old said.

"Hopefully in the summer we can build on that and go again. It is important we stay in the league - the fans deserve it."

The O's have suffered just one defeat in their last six games and moved out of the bottom four ahead of the Easter weekend.

The 3-3 draw at home to Gillingham on Monday means they are currently level on points with 21st-placed Crewe, who they face on Saturday.

"A lot of teams down there have started to put a run together," Mooney added.

"The good thing is we are still out of the bottom four. When you look at the table there is nothing worse than being the bottom four."