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Farlsey boss Neil Parsley delighted to snap up Bradford Park Avenue's Rob O'Brien
Farsley boss Neil Parsley is happy with his latest signing after landing Rob O’Brien from Conference North neighbours Bradford Park Avenue.
O’Brien has a wealth of experience at an array of semi-pro clubs but he is best known for being Avenue’s club captain. The cultured but hard working midfielder is still in his twenties so has a lot of football left in him.
Parsley said: “Robbie made his debut last Saturday at Curzon Ashton. He started the game and did very well, I’m very pleased to have him on board.
“He is a very good player and is proven at this level and above. He also knows some of the lads in the dressing room so there were no problems about him settling in. I didn’t foresee any because Robbie is an intelligent player and he would have been able to fit into any side.
“He needs games because he hasn’t featured much at Park Ave just lately but is fit so he will get even sharper.”
Bradford were keen to stress that the transfer is a loan deal only and that they still hold the player’s registration for the Blue Square Bet North but O’Brien is hoping to have an extended stay and get plenty of football.
Farsley are still battling on two fronts as they push for a play off finish in the Evo-Stik Division One North and are in the last eight of the League Cup.
The recent draw for the quarter-finals has handed Parsley’s men an away tie at either Grantham Town or Matlock Town. Both of their potential opponents are from the higher tier in the Evo-Stik League set up, however, Farsley have already knocked two Premier Division clubs out on their way to the quarter-finals.
Farsley beat Whitby Town 3-1 and then high flying Worksop Town in the last round, but both of those victories did come at Throstle Nest, as did their wins in the earlier rounds.
So it will be the first time Farsley have had an away League Cup tie this term when they journey to either Grantham or Matlock on Tuesday March 19.