Leyton Orient youngster wants to sign off in style

SOLOMON Shields hopes to sign off in style as he plays his last game for St Albans City on Saturday. The 19-year old has become an instant hit with the Clarence Park faithful after turning in several impressive performances and helping turn City s season

SOLOMON Shields hopes to sign off in style as he plays his last game for St Albans City on Saturday.

The 19-year old has become an instant hit with the Clarence Park faithful after turning in several impressive performances and helping turn City's season around.

The energetic midfielder has formed a solid partnership with James Fisher in midfield and has helped make City a very hard team to beat.

However parent club Leyton Orient are keen for the youngster to return to help their fight against relegation in League One and Shields told The Herts Advertiser that he hopes to give the fans something to remember him by.


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"I've enjoyed my time here. It'd be nice to sign off with a win and a good performance and I'm looking forward to it. When I first came here I said to you, if I can play well here then go back the [Orient] manager might think about me. I've done alright here but he hasn't seen me so anything can happen."

The modest teenager played down his role in City's recent revival and says he's been impressed by the way the team has pulled together.

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"Its been a very good team effort. Obviously I can't comment on what happened before I came here but the lads were on it. That first game that we won at home, Basingstoke, they were on a little run but everyone pulled together and since then we went on an eight game run which has come to an end now and we've got to pick it up again. I've really enjoyed it and thanks to all the lads and the manager."

The tenacious midfielder reveals he got a real buzz from scoring against Hayes & Yeading and says the whole experience has been a great learning curve.

"The best experience was the goal, it was such as buzz. I've learnt so many things. Its such a completely different football to the reserves and every game you are learning something, he said.

"Today it was obviously that when you come to places like this you've got to be a bit smarter and know you're not going to get things from the ref. It's been a great learning experience."

Shields admitted that the team struggled to take the initiative in Tuesday night's defeat at Eastleigh.

"I think it was a very hard game. We started very well but they got their goal and started to take the front foot. Coming to places like this it's very hard because the referees are a bit towards the other team. I don't want to make excuses. We tried our best but we couldn't take the initiative."

Shields took a knock to his knee on Tuesday and was eventually substituted but he expects to be fit for Saturday's game with Weston-super-Mare.

"It was to the knee. I took a touch and it started bouncing. The guy came in and tried to kick the ball but it's gone down now but initially I thought I might have to go off but the pain has gone now.

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