Blackburn Rovers loanee Doran impresses on Leyton Orient debut

BLACKBURN ROVERS winger Aaron Doran made his debut for the O's at Gillingham on Tuesday night after joinging the club 24 hours earlier.

BLACKBURN ROVERS winger Aaron Doran made his debut for the O's at Gillingham on Tuesday night after joinging the club 24 hours earlier.

O's boss Geraint Williams has taken the 18-year-old Irishman, initally for a month, and he is the seventh player to join on loan this season.

Doran will be with Orient until March 27 and already has three Barclays Premier League appearances on his cv.

The Republic of Ireland under-19 international came through the Rovers Academy and last season made three substitute appearances against Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.


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He is under contract at Ewood Park for another two-and-a-half years and spent a loan spell at Milton Keynes Dons earlier this season.

Williams said: "Aaron comes highly recommended to us by our northern scout. He trained with us on Monday morning and looked nice and bright.

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"He's looking forward to getting his chance with us."

Williams will be hoping that Doran can make a similar impression to Nicky Adams, who was recalled by Leicester at the end of his loan spell.

Adams helped spark a six-game unbeaten run which pulled the O's away from the foot of the table.

After his impressive spell at Brisbane Road, Orient were keen to keep Adams, but Leicester wanted him back.

Following his departure, and after Orient agreed to cancel the contract of JJ Melligan who joined League Of Ireland Premier Division side Dundalk last weekend, Williams needed to find another right-sided player.

The O's boss will be looking for Doran to make an impact on the wing and Williams, who has been at the helm for just over a year, has had great success with loan signings since taking over at Brisbane Road.

When Williams arrived at Orient, Jordan Spence and Jimmy Smith were already at the club, but he went straight out and captured Wycombe's Scott McGleish and Simon Church from Reading and the pair grabbed the goals that helped preserve Orient's League One status last term and lifted them up to 14th place.

This season his moves into the loan market have been equally impressive.

Andros Townsend gave O's a cutting edge on the left flank when he joined from Spurs.

While Plymouth's Luke Summerfield was a neat and tidy midfield man.

Adams also made a mark, as he played in six games and never tasted defeat, while Matthew Briggs, who made just a solitary appearance against Yeovil, looked a class act.

The only disappointment would have been the signing of Swansea veteran Kristian O'Leary, who was not match fit and suffered an injury after making just three appearances. While young goalkeeper Lee Butcher was only signed as cover and never made a first team appearance.

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