Former Hammer set for O’s trial

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 June 2015

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: LOFC).

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: LOFC).

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Former West Ham United youngster Frazer Shaw is on trial with Leyton Orient as he looks to earn a return to the professional game.

Shaw was managed by Orient head coach Ian Hendon during his time in the Hammers development team before being released last summer without making a first team appearance for the Upton Park club.

The full back spent last year with Ryman Premier side Dulwich Hamlet and impressed when representing them 33 times after arriving from Billericay Town.

He was included in the Ryman team of the year after that and represented England C – the non league equivalent of the national team – on June 1 against Republic of Ireland’s under-21 team in Galway.

Now it has been confirmed that the 20-year-old is set to trial with the O’s as they return to pre-season training today with testing taking place at their Chigwell base.

Various Football League clubs are said to be interested in the youngsters following his displays last year.

Dulwich boss Gavin Rose, who managed the young defender, recently revealed the 20-year-old is seeking a return to the professional game.

“When I got him his head was down and he thought he wasn’t good enough. But he got better and better as the season went on,” Rose told South London Press.

“I believe his career is in the Football League. His agent is trying to get him in the league. If he doesn’t then he could be staying here.

“He works really hard and is an asset for the team. If he gets league football I’ll be delighted. He’s a very good guy who got on well with the players.”

With last season’s full backs Elliot Omozusi, Scott Cuthbert and Gary Sawyer gone, it seems an opportunity is up for grabs if Shaw can impress his former boss.

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