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‘Very good experience’ – Leyton Orient man reflects on loan spell so far

Watford attacker Shaq Forde has said he has ‘loved’ his time at Leyton Orient on loan this season.

Leyton Orient swooped to land the forward last summer following their promotion to League One.

Forde, 19, has since impressed for Richie Wellens’ side and has made 37 appearances in all competitions, chipping in with nine goals and two assists.

He has said, as per his parent club’s official website: “I’ve loved my time here. It’s been a very good experience for me.

“Obviously apart from maybe my debut for Watford, it’s the best standard I’ve faced. The standard in this league has been a good challenge for me, both physically and technically. It’s been a good test for me.”

He added: “I’m moving in the right direction. The Watford coaches message me here and there, after I’ve scored a goal.”

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Forde is due to return to Watford when his temporary deal at Leyton Orient expires at the end of this campaign.

He has turned out to be a decent signing for the O’s and has helped them adapt well to life in the third tier after they won the League Two title last year.

Wellens’ men are in decent form and are only five points off the play-offs with seven games left to play. They are still in with a shout of making the top six but could do with beating in-form Lincoln City in their upcoming clash on Friday.

Forde has been on the books at Vicarage Road for his whole career to date and has risen up through the academy ranks of the Hertfordshire outfit.

, ‘Very good experience’ – Leyton Orient man reflects on loan spell so far
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He made his first and only first-team appearance for the Hornets to date back in 2022 in a FA Cup match against Leicester City.

The youngster was given the green light to head out on loan for the first time when Kings Langley came calling in 2022.

He then linked up with York City last term in the National League and fired nine goals in 20 matches for the Minstermen.

The step up to the third tier was a big one for him but he has done well with Leyton Orient as he looks to end his time at Brisbane Road on a high.

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