Shields ready to impress
PUBLISHED: 09:51 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010
NEW St Albans City loan-signing Soloman Shields says his move to Clarence Park is a chance for him to enjoy his football again. The Leyton Orient youngster found first team opportunities at Brisbane Road limited under previous manager Martin Ling and he s
NEW St Albans City loan-signing Soloman Shields says his move to Clarence Park is a chance for him to enjoy his football again.
The Leyton Orient youngster found first team opportunities at Brisbane Road limited under previous manager Martin Ling and he says that this one-month loan deal can help him impress new manager Geraint Williams.
"It's good for me because I've not had a lot of first team football at Leyton Orient," Shields told The Herts Advertiser.
"It's an opportunity to play first team football and a chance to start enjoying my football again.
"Obviously under the old manager I wasn't getting a chance but if I come here and do well I can go back and the manager might think 'hey I've got a player on my hands here'."
Shields has made one appearance for the O's coming on as a substitute in a 3-1 defeat at Huddersfield on the last day of the 2006-07 season. He has also been an unused substitute on several occasions last season but his recent football has been restricted to reserve team outings.
Shields admitted that he was frustrated that he hasn't been able to meet up with his new team mates yet because of the weather.
"I haven't met any of the players yet because their game on Saturday was postponed and there was a session on Wednesday and that's postponed. It's been really frustrating."
The 19-year old midfielder says he is expecting a good standard of football in Blue Square South as he tries to help City get back to winning ways.
"I'm expecting a high level of football. I know a lot of players have come from the Conference Leagues into the Football League and done well.
"I'm expecting it to be just as hard if not harder than the reserve league.
"They have not been on the best of runs and hopefully I can come in a play a part in turning it around.