Date: 13th April 2011 at 3:12pm
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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?