Leyton Orient have captured former Nottingham Forest striker Darius Henderson on a three-year deal

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Leyton Orient have signed Darius Henderson on a three-year contract after the striker agreed to leave Nottingham Forest.

The 32-year-old joins the O's after agreeing to cancel the final year of his contract at The City Ground.

Henderson began his professional career at Reading, scoring 11 goals in 71 league appearances for the Royals before joining Gillingham.

Nine goals in 31 games with the Gills was enough to prompt Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd into spending £450,000 to bring the 6ft 4in forward to Vicarage Road in 2005. Henderson repaid Boothroyd's faith with 15 goals in his first season as the Hornets were promoted to the top-flight.

Henderson netted a the third goal in Watford's 2006 Play-Off Final win over Leeds United to seal a return to the Premier League after six years away.

A further 13 goals following relegation back to the Championship saw Sheffield United pay out £2m to bring the hulking forward to Bramall Lane.

Injuries marred Henderson's time in Yorkshire but the Sutton-born forward still finished his spell with the Blades having scored 20 Championship goals in 61 starts.

Released at the end of his contract following United's relegation to League One, Henderson joined Millwall on a free transfer and immediately proved his goal-scoring credentials once more, netting 22 goals in 41 league starts for the Lions.

Having impressed at The Den, Billy Davies swooped to bring Henderson to Forest in January of last year - initially on loan - before the move was made permanent last summer.

Ten goals in 16 starts for the Tricky Trees proved a decent return for Henderson, who found a regular starting spot hard to come by among a plethora of forwards at the City Ground.

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