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    Mark O'Brien


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    There is a video in that piece that isnt availible outside of the uk. I dont know anything about this lad, can anyone fill in the backround?

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    U19 defender who played in the last game of last season and was tipped as a first teamer this season at Derby. Was diagnosed with a heart condition and had an operation in November
    more here: http://foot.ie/threads/127284-Mark-O-Brien
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time on twitter and facebook

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    Watched the video there. Basically, he had a faulty valve in his heart and had to get it replaced. He gets interviewed on his bed by the guy from the BBC. Nigel Clough is interviewed saying that he definitely would have played this season if he wasn't out with the heart condition. It finishes by saying that he was awarded a 3 year contract.

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    Comes cross as a very decent lad - the coach also said he was the best prospect he had seen in 22 years in the game!

    Just to clarifty the "on the bed" stuff - they were playin playstation - following a video of him clearing the ball off the line in the final Derby game of last season - as a 16 year old.

    Clough also spoke very highly of him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Garcia View Post
    Just to clarifty the "on the bed" stuff - they were playin playstation - following a video of him clearing the ball off the line in the final Derby game of last season - as a 16 year old.
    haha sorry, I was just typing as I was watching and didn't really think about how dodgy that sounds.

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    Jeef Kendrick and Ryan Connolly were also on the bench this weekend , Connolly got a few mins run about

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwagner View Post
    Jeef Kendrick and Ryan Connolly were also on the bench this weekend , Connolly got a few mins run about
    Cheers, didn't realise that, added them to Irish Abroad
    Kendrick: http://irish-abroad.appspot.com/Play...playerID=54428
    Connolly: http://irish-abroad.appspot.com/Play...playerID=53328
    Connolly was on the bench for the cup game against Birmingham in February
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    Yea Tets, the star on Monday had a wee bit about them. Very good articles every Monday actually about our lads overseas.

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    Mark was on the bench today for Derby, there was an article in This Is Leicestershire during the week about his recovery from his heart condition: http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.u...l/article.html
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    Its great that these kind of scans now, and these kind of problems can be detected and addressed before they emerge naturally. Especially when one considers that poor kid getting buried in Warrenpoint this week. Hopefully it all goes well for him and one day him and Shane Duffy can bore the **** out of the other players with their hospital stories in between World Cup games
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    Looks like the plan was to loan him out this season - fair play to him for making such a compelling start to the season - only possible through the injury of others.

    http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/O-...ail/story.html

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    Great 2-1 win today for Derby having played the vast majority of the game with 10 men. Judging by the forums the back 4 were immense (which includes O'Brien). Hendrick scored a supposed cracker for the winner, will be well worth the look on the Football Show tonight

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    Here's his celebration, not for the faint of heart or epileptics:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raEw0fQW8h8

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    With Dunne out for the Andorra game, let's throw Mark O'Brien in there. He'll do a job for us

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    Remember when mcshane was player of year at brighton at same age? Lets not get carried away. The lad looks a bit on the small side for a centre half like mcshane and was at fault for forest goal when he was outjumped in build up. Im sure he wil be excellent player but o dea will do nicely for upcoming games

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    Agreed, promoting him to the senior squad now would be more like a punishment for the likes of Delaney and O'Dea who have done nothing wrong and deserve their chance with Dunne suspended

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    Agreed
    Knew you'd be with me on this one Tets. On a serious note, he looks like a great prospect for the World Cup 2014 campaign. Birthday in Nov so will to touching on 20 when the campaign starts

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    Let him continue getting experience and toughening up before bringing him into the squad. 60-70 games over the next two seasons and regular U21 appearances will do more for him than trying to dislodge Dunne, St Ledger and O'Dea. I think tommy_c12000 is right that 2014 could be his time. As for being small for a centrehalf - he still has two-three years growing left, and after that filling out, so I wouldn't worry too much just yet.
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    O'Brien is a warrior of a kid. He's made an amazing recovery. However, while he's been playing at CB, he does seem quite small in stature and I think the physicality of some of our other emerging CBs mean that he'll face stiff competition. I believe he has also played at RB and midfield for the U19s so who knows where he'll break into the team?
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