Former Bradford City defender Luke O’Brien happy to be ‘one of the lads’ again

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Luke O’Brien is set to feature on the bench for new club Oxford against his former City team-mates Luke O’Brien is set to feature on the bench for new club Oxford against his former City team-mates

Luke O’Brien feels like a proper player again as he prepares for tomorrow’s reunion with his home-town club.

The former City left back is likely to be on the Oxford bench after signing a deal last week until the middle of December.

But O’Brien is just delighted to be back in the football fold after a summer scrabbling around looking for a new employer.

He admitted: “I’ve spent the last three or four months talking to X amount of clubs and managers. I didn’t realise how hard it was going to be with a few days here and few days there.

“You’re asking around if you can come in and train with them. Even if they weren’t offering anything, you just wanted the chance to keep fit.

“You’re always told that you need a good pre-season. Don’t get that under your belt and you’re going to struggle later on.

“I had a week up at Ross County and two weeks with Accrington but my last competitive game was in March for Exeter at MK Dons.

“I’ve played three or four in pre-season with Halifax but it’s not the same.”

O’Brien was willing to drop down to Blue Square Bet North with the Shaymen but Neil Aspin was not in a position to offer him a deal.

Then Oxford boss Chris Wilder contacted his agent a fortnight ago about a trial and the 24-year-old defender snapped his hand off.

Within a week, teenage loanee Sean McGinty had been sent back to Manchester United and O’Brien had a three-month contract.

He said: “It’s brilliant to be part of it again. You miss the banter every day and being one of the lads.

“This hopefully gives me long enough to impress down here, or at least get my name back out.”

Oxford skipper Jake Wright is a familiar face from their time rising through the youth ranks together at Valley Parade . Deane Smalley, on loan at City last season, is another.

And O’Brien is looking forward to seeing plenty more in the away side at the Kassam tomorrow.

“It will be nice to catch up with some of the lads but I’m an Oxford player now,” he said.

“Bradford are absolutely flying at the moment and the last few results haven’t gone our way. But it will be an excellent game and I’d love to be involved.”

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11:14am Fri 21 Sep 12

tyker2 says...

hope Luke plays.Hines will have a field day!!
hope Luke plays.Hines will have a field day!! tyker2

11:14am Fri 21 Sep 12

tyker2 says...

hope Luke plays.Hines will have a field day!!
hope Luke plays.Hines will have a field day!! tyker2

12:47pm Fri 21 Sep 12

BigFigure says...

"Reunion with his home town club"....didn't realise Oxford were playing Halifax tomorrow!
"Reunion with his home town club"....didn't realise Oxford were playing Halifax tomorrow! BigFigure

3:50pm Fri 21 Sep 12

1 bingley bantam says...

My how the mighty have fallen ha.I also hope he plays tomorrow Hines would take him to pieces!
My how the mighty have fallen ha.I also hope he plays tomorrow Hines would take him to pieces! 1 bingley bantam

4:44pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Waynus1971 says...

tyker2 wrote:
hope Luke plays.Hines will have a field day!!
What, like he did against Threlfall? I remember one incident when he put Robbie on his backside and then put in a cross that a 10 footer wouldn't reach!!

Luke O'Brien isn't as bad as some make out. Until he lost his place, he was fairly solid. Nothing spectacular, but consistently average. I haven't seen much from Hines yet to suggest he can regularly beat an 'average' player.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: hope Luke plays.Hines will have a field day!![/p][/quote]What, like he did against Threlfall? I remember one incident when he put Robbie on his backside and then put in a cross that a 10 footer wouldn't reach!! Luke O'Brien isn't as bad as some make out. Until he lost his place, he was fairly solid. Nothing spectacular, but consistently average. I haven't seen much from Hines yet to suggest he can regularly beat an 'average' player. Waynus1971

9:32am Sat 22 Sep 12

Sandy lane bantam says...

Never have understood the abuse ob has taken from some sections of our support.

He was player of the year one year and has in my opinion been the best left back since jakes.

Don't get me wrong he had limitations but who doesn't at league 2 level?

Threlfall was much preferred by many. Don't know why. His inability to stop the cross caused us big problems. This was there for all to see on Tuesday when he was taken to he cleaners by Hines and Reid.

Good luck to ob after today for the rest of the season. Never let us down.
Never have understood the abuse ob has taken from some sections of our support. He was player of the year one year and has in my opinion been the best left back since jakes. Don't get me wrong he had limitations but who doesn't at league 2 level? Threlfall was much preferred by many. Don't know why. His inability to stop the cross caused us big problems. This was there for all to see on Tuesday when he was taken to he cleaners by Hines and Reid. Good luck to ob after today for the rest of the season. Never let us down. Sandy lane bantam

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