Michael O’Connor programme article

Posted : 23rd October 2018

David Healy moved quickly to extend the contract of striker Michael O’Connor after an impressive start to his Linfield career. The 20 year-old striker told ‘Look at Linfield’ of his delight at signing a one-year extension.

“I’m absolutely delighted. We’re doing well, the boys are looking after me and the manager has been good to me, so I couldn’t turn it down. It was a no-brainer. I’m travelling up from Dundalk and sometimes Dublin as that’s where my girlfriend lives, but it’s not a problem when you’re enjoying your football.”

O’Connor has bagged five goals this season at the time of writing and is a nuisance for defenders, but the pride and passion which he displays is what is endearing him to the Linfield faithful most and he says that’s something the Blue men and women can get used to.

“The fans have been great with me. I’ll give everything for the club. I’ll give everything that I have and hopefully, the fans are happy with it. It’s all going well, even against Newry I didn’t score but it was a great three points and it got us back to the top of the league.”

Linfield and Glentoran meet again tonight for the second time in the space of 15 days. It was O’Connor who stole the headlines at The Oval, as he hit the winner on his ‘Big Two’ debut in front of the Sky cameras and he told us it was a very sweet feeling.

“I enjoyed my first derby. I have a habit of scoring in derby matches – I’ve scored in a few in the South. It was a great win over the Glens and we’re looking forward to the next one now. I have a bit of passion and you’ve got to show it sometimes. I was actually supposed to sign for the Glens but signing for Linfield just felt right for me at the time.”

The former Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Finn Harps striker says he’s been very impressed with the club since his arrival and admits he didn’t realise just how big it is. However, he does admit he’d like to make the step-up to full-time football, if the opportunity presents itself in future, after almost making a big money switch to English Premier League Club Burnley just over a year ago.

“I have been surprised at the size of the club – it’s absolutely massive, a huge club. I love playing here and want to give it my all. I’m here to win trophies, as many as possible. I also want to score as many goals as possible and see where it takes me. I nearly signed for Burnley last year but there was an issue at my previous club which stopped it happening. Hopefully, if I keep scoring goals and doing well here, I will eventually get away to play full time football.”

Best wishes to Michael and his teammates for tonight’s 'Big Two' derby, as they aim to book Linfield’s place in the County Antrim Shield semi-finals and we all hope to see the popular marksman continue his fine form and goalscoring celebrations in the blue shirt.
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