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    Mark O'Brien

    Came off the bench for Derby today. 18 year old Center Back. Anyone know much about him?

    From wiki

    Mark O'Brien (born 20 November 1992 in Dublin) is a Republic of Ireland youth international footballer who plays as a central defender for Derby County. His older brother Jamie O'Brien is also a professional footballer. Both Mark and Jamie came through the ranks of Cherry Orchard Football Club in Dublin.[1]

    O'Brien made his debut for Derby County as a 65th minute substitute for Lewin Nyatanga, in a 31 defeat away to Watford on 3 May 2009.[2] He was named Derby County scholar of the year at a club awards ceremony two days later.
    In November 2009 it was announced by Derby County that O'Brien had successfully undergone heart surgery to correct a valve problem, and that he would be able to resume his career following a three to four month recovery period. The problem had been discovered during a routine medical scan for academy players.[3] He returned to football action just six months later, as he played 45 minutes in an Academy friendly against Wallsend Boys Club on 13 April 2010[4] and was an unused substitute in Derby's final first team game of the 2009/10 season as they ran out 20 winners against Cardiff City at Pride Park.

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    Started for Derby today in central defence. Could be one to watch. Still only 18.

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    He's a quality purchase in Football Manager 2011, develops quite nicely in the long run.


    Future captain material alongside Richie Partridge surely!

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    http://foot.ie/threads/134895-Mark-O-Brien?highlight=

    There is a thread (& interview) on him already - above link.

    Amazing story of a recovery from heart surgery.

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    Mark had a solid game today by all accounts. Great to do him so well. In the side because of a couple of injuries to defenders. Hopefully, he will take his opportunity now and establish himself at centre back alongside Shackell. This pair should be the central defence partnership again the next day. Also of note was Hendrick's performance, who came on at half time and started stringing passes together something that the Rams lacked in the first half. Certainly two Irish players to keep a close eye on this season. Great to see it!

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    another good game tonight apparently.. could be one to keep an eye on.
    "A silent mouth is sweet to hear"

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    Hendrick played full game to :O) great to see this. Lee Frecklington got a goal for Peterborough

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    He got a mention on The football league show today, Derby joint top after 4 games and have not conceded a goal yet. Looks a very bright prospect indeed.

    [edit] I need to make a slight adjustment to the above, Derby did concede a goal against Birmingham, but get this, O'Brien was not on the pitch as he came on as a sub on 35 minute and they have not conceded a goal since, so that makes him appear even better IMO.

    I just found this rather ungrateful post in a Derby forum:

    I think the key will be when to handle taking O'Brien out. He's done amazingly but with him not being great on the ball it's slightly restrictive, at this point. Also I'd hate for him to ruin his good start by making a mistake.
    Last edited by tricky_colour; 20/08/2011 at 11:58 PM.

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    Feature on Mark O'Brien on English Tv


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    Quote Originally Posted by Predator View Post
    One aspect of the article that really surprised me was that Mark got a pig's valve. (“They took my aortic valve out and replaced it with a pig’s aortic valve).
    Pig valves are a lot less durable than metal mechanical valves and are generally reserved for more elderly patients. Typically they may have a life span of 10 years. The one major advantage of using them is that the patient does not have to go on blood thinners. Maybe this was a deciding factor when they were making the decision as playing competitive football on a daily basis would increase the risk of trauma and thus increase the bleeding risk. (This is me just musing outloud. Really can't say for certain as I have very little experience in that area). Metal mechanical valves require life long blood thinners but can last the lifetime of the patient.

    The bottom line is that Mark will require more open heart surgery in his late 20s/early 30s. Just wondering if anyone knows if this is the norm for participants in contact sports to go with pig valves to "get through" their sporting careers, then undergo the traumatic stress of another open heart surgery to get a metal valve in?? It seems to me like a admirable brave decision to pursue his dream of being a professional footballer.

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    Human valves are commonly used for both aortic and pulmonary replacements.

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    Derby County defender Mark O'Brien signs new contract

    Signs four year contract with Derby.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/14897272.stm

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    The 18-year-old Republic of Ireland Under-19 international has seized his chance in the first team this season, featuring in all seven Rams games.
    I didn't realise he was that young. From heart surgery to the first team before 19, fair play to him.

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    The likes of him and Hendrick are players we should be blooding in when there are friendly games not chasing English bums like Sterman or Chambers

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    He was on standby for recent u21 games and should be included fairly soon.
    Always look on the bright side of life

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sullivinho View Post
    I didn't realise he was that young. From heart surgery to the first team before 19, fair play to him.
    he made his debut for the club at 16
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    Mark O'Brien

    Couldn't find a thread for him, but felt he deserved one. Just some updates on where he is at presently.



    http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/Bo...ail/story.html
    Last edited by gastric; 18/09/2012 at 9:17 AM.

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    There is definitely a thread on him already

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    Yep, here's the old thread: http://foot.ie/threads/154941-Mark-O-Brien

    Great news in any case. Clough really rates him. Hopefully he can bulk up a bit so he can step on to the next level.

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