ALDERSHOT Town boss Terry Brown has ended his month-long search for a striker after managing to prize yet another young starlet out of the professional game.
After missing out on bids to sign Basingstoke's Craig McAllister, Southend's Barrington Belgrave and former Everton striker Brett Angell, Brown turned to Nationwide League division three side Leyton Orient to snap up 19-year-old hitman Aaron McLean — and, already, he's delighted that he did.
McLean arrived at the Rec on a trial basis two weeks ago, and impressed Brown in a Capital League reserve team match at Slough where he scored one, created one and earned a penalty in a 3-0 win.
But after hanging on the fringes of a first team call up at Brisbane Road — McLean has made eight substitute appearances for the O's this term — Brown knew that he had to be at his persuasive best to lure him away from the professional game.
The boss said: "I'm delighted to have Aaron on board as he is that bit different to the strikers we have here at the moment.
"He's quick, sharp and strong and likes to play off the defender's shoulder and get behind people. I've not had that in my armoury before.
"He might not be very tall (McLean is only 5ft 6in), but he is excellent in the air so I'm looking forward to having him on board.
McLean went stright into the starting line-up at Hayes on Saturday.