Mar 15 2012 By Matt Lewis
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TEENAGE striker Adien O’Brien does not believe his lack of experience will be a problem as he looks to fire Hayes & Yeading to Blue Square Premier safety.
O’Brien joined United on an initial one-month loan from Millwall last week and helped the club to a win over fellow relegation candidates Kettering on Saturday.
The 18-year-old Ireland youth international has only made one appearance for the Lions in a 5-0 hammering by Wolves in the Carling Cup earlier this season.
Staines Town secured his services for a month last January but the forward was restricted to just two Blue Square South appearances under Steve Cordery.
But with a goalscoring proving a problem for Nas Bashir’s side this season and the United boss has put his faith in the youngster to fire his team to safety.
O’Brien said: “There is probably a bit of pressure on my shoulders [due to my lack of experience] but I know the gaffer wants to enjoy it as well as put everything into it. I will do everything in my power to get the team results and nothing is going to stop me.
“My energy can help me because playing against 30 or 40-year-old centre-backs, often they’re not as mobile as me but I’m not going to underestimate them. If you’re playing in this league you’re not going to be rubbish – it’s a very good level.
“For the Millwall youth team I’ve scored 11 in 12 this season but I’ve not played a lot because I’ve been on tour with Ireland U19s. The Ireland players are good technically and physically, a lot like some of the players at Hayes, so it’s a battle for me and I enjoy it."
The striker’s loan deal has initially been agreed for a month but O’Brien has already expressed an interest to extend the deal, with the teenager revealing United will have the final decision.
O’Brien said: “I think it is up to Hayes if they want to keep me for longer. As long as I’m getting games and experience then Millwall are happy. I want to keep the team up and I would love to stay here for the whole season – it’s good for me and good for the team I hope so we’ll see where it goes.”
And United boss Bashir has hinted that he could keep the striker at Kingfield for the remainder of the club’s fight to stave off relegation.
He added: “Millwall rate him highly and he makes runs, works hard and he looks like he will score goals. We have got him for a month initially so we will see how the next couple of games go.”