Loan moves to Wealdstone and Harlow Town respectively should benefit Leyton Orient's Aron Pollock and Christian Scales
PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 August 2017
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Young duo have departed Brisbane Road on an initial one-month loan and will look to get plenty of minutes under their belts
Steve Davis is looking for Leyton Orient defenders Aron Pollock and Christian Scales to impress and develop during their loan spells at Wealdstone and Harlow Town respectively.
Pollock moved to National League South outfit Stones on August 18 on an initial one-month loan deal.
The young centre back was straight into the action, as he played 90 minutes for Wealdstone in their 2-0 defeat at home to Chelmsford City the following day.
Since then, Stones have changed manager with the legendary Gordon Bartlett stepping down and Bobby Wilkinson taking over.
Pollock has remained in the team, however, and started both the 1-1 draw away to Eastbourne Borough on Saturday and the home clash with Hemel Hempstead Town on Monday, which also ended up as a 1-1 draw.
Davis said: “Aron’s loan is similar to what Michael Clark did last season where he went out to that league (with East Thurrock United).
“Apparently Aron did well in the first game against Chelmsford, so we will be watching him and Christian.
“We will give them support and they will be training with us in the week, so we will keep an eye on what they are doing.
“I want to work with them as much as possible and the key thing is they are getting competitive games and hopefully they come back and benefit from it.”
Pollock has demonstrated his talent and also naivety in an Orient shirt since making his debut on April 30 2016 against Mansfield Town.
Injuries have halted the development of the youngster, but this loan move should hopefully help him progress and fulfil his potential.
Scales moved to Orient during the summer and has not been handed many chances to catch the eye since.
The left-back looked sluggish during some of his pre-season friendly outings and needs game time, which he will hopefully now get at Harlow.
Davis revealed on Saturday that he felt Myles Judd or Dan Happe could cover for Joe Widdowson if the ex-Dagenham & Redbridge left-back picked up an injury in September.
It means Scales has some work to do if he is to establish himself as Orient’s number two full-back on the left side again.
“We can cover the left-back spot with ‘Juddy’ and Happe. I am quite happy to put Dan or Myles in,” said Davis.
“They can both do that job equally as well if we do lose one of the full-backs, but with Christian he needs games.
“He has not had 90 minutes yet because he has had a couple of set-backs and he needs that. The only way he is going to do that is by going out and playing because he is a little bit away from the group.
“Christian knows that and needs time, so he will go to Harlow and get four or five games and we have allowed him to play in the FA Cup, so he should get some good experience and then at the end of the month we will assess it.”
Scales moved to Harlow on Saturday morning and started their Bostik Premier match at home to Lowestoft Town, but was withdrawn after 19 minutes presumably due to an injury.
The former Crystal Palace youngster then missed Monday’s 1-0 loss at Enfield Town, although will hope to be fit to play for the Hawks in the FA Cup at Thurrock this weekend.