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Leyton Orient Interested In Andy Pugh

Former Gillingham Apprentice Andy Pugh spent last week on trial at npower League One side Leyton Orient.

Striker Pugh currently plays for in-form Welling United in the Blue Square South.

The forward scored his fifteenth goal of the season at the weekend in an FA Trophy match. He has since trained with the O’s and played in a behind closed doors match against Premier League outfit Norwich City.

Welling Utd boss Jamie Day revealed that Orient opted out of agreeing a fee for Pugh despite his impressive display, however Russell Slade is expected to keep a close eye on Pugh throughout next month.

“If I want a player I know instantly if I want him or not,” said Day. “They watched him three times and they’ve had reports on him and they were still not 100 per cent.”

“For me him having a trial at Orient benefits us, he scored again at Thamesmead, and if he keeps scoring then someone will take him.”

However Day would prefer clubs to make a decision on his star player’s performances whilst in a Wing’s shirt : “I don’t think there’s any point him going out on trial again.”

“He has fifteen goals this year and clubs know what he can do. If clubs watch him on a Saturday for us and still can’t make their mind up then there is no point him going on trial.”

“We did it for him this time but i think we’ve learnt from it and won’t do it again.

Pugh completed his Apprenticeship in the summer of 2007 and signed his first professional contract at Gillingham, a one year deal with an option of another year.

He made six appearances for the Gills and completed seven loan spells before being released.

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