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    Amazingly, Mark isn't the most crocked defender in that team. Poor Shaun Barker turns 32 soon and has been out for over 2 and a half years. He's still training for a return. Nobody thinks he'll make it.

    I hope the same fate doesn't await O'Brien. Looked like a decent player whenever I seen him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_oshea View Post
    A loan to motherwell? really? Downward trajectory starts here.
    Is that your one ridiculous and unfounded prediction based on no evidence for the day, or do you have more planned?

    He hasn't played football for two years. This is a positive move for him and I hope it works out.

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    As you have found out Charwin (ridiculous and unfounded predictions), not through any of your evolutionary processes either - unfortunately I'm usually correct.
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    You've been dining out on Stephen Ward for years. Writing off a player you've never seen play because he's going on loan is a new kind of outrageous prediction.

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    Playing any sort of football would be clear upward trajectory in O'Brien's case. He's very highly regarded at Derby so I'm glad that it's only a loan move, as he was linked with permanent transfers to Sheffield United and one or two others. I think this works for everybody.

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    I don't mind a loan move either given his injury problems but surely that could be done to another championship team.
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    Having played so little football for the past couple of years I think it's no harm that he goes to a club where he'll, hopefully, walk straight into the team, within reason obviously. I've no idea how long the loan spell is supposed to be for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLorean View Post
    Playing any sort of football would be clear upward trajectory in O'Brien's case. He's very highly regarded at Derby so I'm glad that it's only a loan move, as he was linked with permanent transfers to Sheffield United and one or two others. I think this works for everybody.
    Mark was very highly rated by former manager Nigel Clough, but he is incredibly injury prone and it's not clear that he's valued as highly by McClaren.

    As you say, any game time is a positive for him at the moment and he clearly has the quality to make it at Championship level at the very least, so it's a case of proving he can shake off the injury problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Predator View Post
    Mark was very highly rated by former manager Nigel Clough, but he is incredibly injury prone and it's not clear that he's valued as highly by McClaren.

    As you say, any game time is a positive for him at the moment and he clearly has the quality to make it at Championship level at the very least, so it's a case of proving he can shake off the injury problems.
    Mark has signed for Motherwell on loan until january
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    Head Coach Steve McClaren said:

    “It is important Mark gets out and plays some first-team football and going to Motherwell will allow him to do that.
    He has been incredibly patient waiting in the wings behind our other central defenders and it will benefit him going out and playing matches again.”

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    Still only a kid, hope he develops now.
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    Made his debut yesterday for Motherwell which in itself is big!

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    Last edited by gastric; 31/08/2014 at 2:10 AM.

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    Had a solid debut according to the match report on their website. Got motm according to a Derby Facebook page, not sure if that was Motherwell's motm maybe.
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    O'Brien centre of a strange sending off last night as Motherwell lose on penalties.

    He's been every present since getting into the team and it has coincided with an improvement in their results. Don't know any finer details of his performances but must be doing okay. Played the ninety in their 1-1 at Celtic Park also.

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    It's a tough business. Hopefully he will sign up somewhere else.
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    Had kind of forgotten about this chap. He ended up signing a two year contract with League 2 Luton Town last summer. He hasn't played all that much but I don't know if that's fitness related. He was on the bench for their most recent game and has made three league starts, the most recent coming in November when they blew a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 against Carlisle.

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