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Former O's left-back on trial with Watford

Malky Mackay's search for a left-back has led him to former Leyton Orient and Cambridge left-back, Aiden Palmer.

The Enfield-born defender, 24, is currently a free agent having left non-league side Bishop's Stortford where he spent a short period following his release from prison.a

Palmer was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment for his involvement in a violent gang crime, with the 'Shanksterz' which included brother Liam in 2009.

In his professional career, Palmer made 47 league starts for Leyton Orient before joining Dagenham and Redbridge on loan having lost his first team spot.

Upon his release from prison, Palmer joined former boss Martin Ling at Cambridge United before he was released at the end of the campaign, leading to a short spell with Bishops Stortford.

Palmer has played for the Hornet`s reserves whilst on a trial and boss Malky Mackay told the The Watford Observer that he was 'looking at him before the summer`:

"Aiden is someone that has been recommended to us and has come in and trained with us. We have been allowed to use him in a couple of Reserve games and hopefully we will continue to do that in the last couple of Reserve games as well, with a view to looking at him for a little period before the summer."

And there was me thinking that Aidy Boothroyd had taken the 'Watford FC Priory` days with him…

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Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 13 2011

Time: 3:11PM

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Left foot???????????????????????????????? SIGN HIM UP......
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14/04/2011 01:03:00

Even with his off-pitch history?
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14/04/2011 10:13:00

The guy committed a crime done his time and should be allowed to get on with his life, if he is good enough and let's face it?
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14/04/2011 22:21:00

I don't want anyone convicted of a crime involved with my club personally. Alcoholism, depression and so on are illnesses which the person cannot help and therefore understandable, but committing a crime for which you are convicted is a step too far.
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14/04/2011 23:39:00

But there are players who have been with us who have had criminal convictions and I am not talking just about king. Wife beating, drink driving, theft are you saying that the manager should also consider what convictions is acceptable before they sign a player?
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15/04/2011 08:53:00

In a nutshell, yes.
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15/04/2011 11:22:00

I think we will hae to agree to disagree on that point, but in my defence, i do not recall past players in our club being pillorized for having a crimminal conviction if they were producing on the pitch.
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15/04/2011 13:55:00

That much is true. Though I wouldn't want Marlon King nowadays, I accepted him despite his dodgy car dealings. It's the level of law-breaking.
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15/04/2011 23:55:00

wfc123 i have been convicted of crimes 14 times if you dont want me there come over to row x seat 132 in the rookery and tell me to my face What business is it of your
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18/04/2011 10:46:00

mkorn - what you may or may not have done and subsequently been convicted of in your life is utterly irrelevant to me and to this debate. All I am saying is I don't want somebody with this background representing Watford. The same way I wouldn't want Lee Hughes or Luke McCormick representing Watford.
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18/04/2011 16:32:00


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