Carr backing Bondz

Academy Director Tony Carr believes that Bondz 'Gala will benefit from his loan spell at Scunthorpe United.

Carr has overseen the imposing central defender's development since he joined the club as a 13-year-old as he has gone from schoolboy to the fringes of the first team and he believes the temporary move to Glanford Park will be another key stage of the 20-year-old's development.

"It's great experience for any of these young boys to go out and play league football," Carr said. "It brings home the reality of what the game is about. Every point is vital, every win is three points and every defeat brings pressure.

"It's a great learning curve for these young boys to go out and play with that little bit of pressure and that little bit of sharp edge in front of fans and to places that they haven't been before. They can only come back better for it."

'Gala made three appearances during a loan spell at MK Dons last season, but Carr believes the step up to the Championship with Scunthorpe, where he will team up with fellow loanee Jordan Spence, will test the Forest Gate-born youngster further.

"Jordan Spence is there as is our old player Grant McCann, who is doing very well, so we'll have three Academy players playing there at once. Bondz needs to get out and play if he's not in the first-team mix and try to get to as many games possible."

Spence has already admitted that living away from the familiarity of London has been a rewarding experience for him and now 'Gala must learn those same lessons.

"I think moving away will help them grow up and find out what they are about as individuals. Things like having to familiarise themselves with digs they are not familiar with or the loneliness of staying in a hotel in an area they're not familiar with and he will have to get to know the other players.

"So it's as much about his development on the pitch as about adjusting to everything, he's just got to adjust and show what he's about."