Filed: Friday, 9th September 2011
By: Staff Writer
Callum McNaughton has joined League Two new boys AFC Wimbledon on loan.
The 19-year-old central defender made his first team debut for West Ham in the Carling Cup defeat against Aldershot last month - who AFC face in League Two this weekend.
However it was a nightmare start for the youngster, whose inaugural appearance was marred by his sending-off just two minutes into the second half for a professional foul.
Having failed to be involved in the first team squad since, McNaughton - who has been with West Ham since he was just 14 - has been offered the opportunity for further first-team football with the Dons, who are managed by ex-Aldershot manager Terry Brown (not that one).
Speaking to AFC's club site today, Brown revealed exactly why he moved for the Hammers Academy graduate. "I was first alerted to Callum McNaughton by a good friend of mine, David Lee," he said.
"Having done a bit of research with Ian Hendon [manager of West Ham's development squad], Simon Bassey and I took the opportunity to watch him against Queens Park Rangers earlier this week. Callum had a fine game marking Heidar Helgusson.
"He [McNaughton] won a number of aerial battles and this has proved an ideal opportunity to bring the lad in for a month to cover the fact that we have two centre-halfs currently unavailable and a heavy work load during September.
"Coming out of West Ham you would expect Callum's distribution to be good. After watching him play, I would also say that his aerial ability is one of his main strengths. I am sure he will do very well for us in his time here."
Brown - whose side are currently seventh in League Two having won three of their opening six games - also confirmed that McNaughton will play against the Shots this weekend.
"We have very considerately arranged that we play Aldershot tomorrow to give him an early opportunity to get revenge!" he joked.
How the transfer window happened [1st Feb 2012]
Moncur on his way [9th Jan 2012]
Defender move competed [6th Jan 2012]
Callum on the verge [5th Jan 2012]
The barest bones [29th Dec 2011]
Hall on the ball [6th Oct 2011]
McNaughty but nice [6th Oct 2011]
Hall change [12th Sep 2011]
Loan watch: week six [10th Sep 2011]