JAMES O’BRIEN TALKS TO STPATSFC.COM

  • Thu, Sep 30, 2010 @ 9:04

Having joined St Patrick's Athletic in the summer from English League 2 side Bradford City, James O'Brien has been making his presence felt in recent games as he battles for a precious place in the heart of the Saints midfield.

The 23 year old Ballyfermot native was at a local school today to help an anti-drugs programme with the club and he took time out to speak to stpatsfc.com on a number of issues:

On returning to play for his local Airtricity League club

I'm enjoying myself, training is going well and once I'm getting a chance to show what I can do I'm happy.

I came on against Rovers for the last half hour and I played most of the Cup game against Sporting Fingal and thought I did well enough.

I knew when I joined back in June that it wouldn't be easy to break into the team. I'd be coming in to a settled side that was doing well and Pete would already have a starting 11 in mind so I just have to give it all in training and then do my best when I get the chance.

On playing in the Airtricity League

The football is a lot more hectic, you definitely have less time on the ball and you find in many matches that teams often by-pass the midfield.

I thought the atmosphere at the recent Pat's V Rovers games was great; both sets of fans were giving it everything, as a player out on the pitch you could really feel it and that's what football is all about.

I'd love another crack at Rovers; I played for the reserves up in Tallaght before. I'd imagine a packed ground for a Cup Semi-Final would be a bit special.

On competing for places within the squad

There are a lot of players going for midfield places but we've played five across the middle in one or two games which has helped things.

There's a good team spirit here, the players are always willing to give a helping hand whether it's in training or matches. There are definitely some good professionals at the club and you see the value of looking after yourself if you want a long career in football.

On playing Sporting Fingal for the third time in recent weeks

Playing them three times in a few weeks means we've got to know what they're like and how they play, as well as their weaknesses and maybe how to exploit them.

They're a very good passing side with good movement.

Though they are a fulltime outfit, I still think we've shown that we are every bit as fit and yes I think we can beat them for the third time.

On keeping in touch with English football

Definitely, I'd be chatting to the brother(Mark) most weeks as brothers we'd want to hear how football is going for each other. He came on last week for Derby against Barnsley so it's good to see him back in action.

I'd also check the Bradford result every Saturday, they're not doing particularly well which is a pity they're a great club but I've no regrets about leaving them.

I've been taught never to have regrets so I'm just enjoying life at the moment and football at St Pat's!

St Patrick's Athletic FC take on Sporting Fingal in the Airtricity League this Saturday at the Morton Stadium with a 1.00pm kick off.

Our next home game is against Bohemians on Saturday 9th October kick off 1.00pm Richmond Park.




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