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    Thomas O'Connor M Burton Albion b.1999

    Good time to start a new thread for O'Connor - I don't think he has got as much attention from us as other Southampton Academy players like Obafemi, Afolabi and Smallbone, but his loan to Gillingham is starting to look fruitful: in his fifth senior appearance, he has scored his first senior goal: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49643647

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    Where is O’Connor playing for them? He has been in the position of a LB on their teamsheet, is that where he’s playing? He’s left legged so makes sense. I don’t know much about about him but I see he is noted as a defensive midfielder or a center half. Anyone have more insight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy_c12000 View Post
    Where is O’Connor playing for them? He has been in the position of a LB on their teamsheet, is that where he’s playing? He’s left legged so makes sense. I don’t know much about about him but I see he is noted as a defensive midfielder or a center half. Anyone have more insight?
    Saw some highlights of his first game against Bolton and he certainly played left full in what looked like a back four that day. Seemed to spend most last season centre half in the 23s and before that as youth player centre mid

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    Goal here on 1:15
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time on twitter and facebook

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    Was there ever more players at a english club than Southampton at the start of last season?

    Off the top of my head:

    Thomas O’Connor
    Aaron O’Driscoll
    Kam Ledwidge
    Seamus Keogh
    Roland Idowu
    Jonathan Afolabi
    Michael Obafemi
    Sean Brennan
    Will Smallbone
    Will Ferry

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    Goal here on 1:15
    One of the more awkward celebrations I’ve seen. He will have to work on that in case he starts getting into a habit of scoring

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    Quote Originally Posted by elatedscum View Post
    Was there ever more players at a english club than Southampton at the start of last season?

    Off the top of my head:

    Thomas O’Connor
    Aaron O’Driscoll
    Kam Ledwidge
    Seamus Keogh
    Roland Idowu
    Jonathan Afolabi
    Michael Obafemi
    Sean Brennan
    Will Smallbone
    Will Ferry
    Villa had a few at the club when this photo was taken

    Graham Burke, Samir Carruthers, Michael Drennan, Ciaran Clark, Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Stephen Ireland, Enda Stevens, Derrick Williams, and Daniel Devine
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time on twitter and facebook

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    Quote Originally Posted by elatedscum View Post
    Was there ever more players at a english club than Southampton at the start of last season?

    Off the top of my head:

    Thomas O’Connor
    Aaron O’Driscoll
    Kam Ledwidge
    Seamus Keogh
    Roland Idowu
    Jonathan Afolabi
    Michael Obafemi
    Sean Brennan
    Will Smallbone
    Will Ferry
    Now, I know Mick McCarthy might have left him out in the cold, but might be remiss of you to forget Shane Long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    Now, I know Mick McCarthy might have left him out in the cold, but might be remiss of you to forget Shane Long.
    I was more thinking of acadamites/young players rather than senior footballers. But nonetheless made no mention of that in what i wrote

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    Since we last mentioned O'Connor, he has built a solid career in League One at Gillingham and then Burton Albion. Scored the opener today against Portsmouth: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/58633770

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    Seems to be nailing down midfield as his position having spent a good bit of time left back. Seems to occupy the same positions as Ryan Manning in that regard. Good enough football to be midfield with a tasty left leg but can do a good job left back.

    And not 23 until April. He might kick on a level or two.

    He was an incredibly prodigious GAA player. As a Kilkenny man, I'm sure he hurled but I know of his exploits for his school in Gaelic football. Apparently he had a little Twitter back and forth with David Clifford after outscoring him in this: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.the...r2015/%3famp=1

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    Scored again tonight directly from a corner. That's three goals in his last two games and scored directly from a corner in both games. Having a good season for Burton and is tipping away nicely under the radar in terms of names being mentioned as possible young players who'll break through at senior level for us.

    I've only seen him in highlights but ticks a couple of good boxes in that he's left footed, set piece taker, and offers versitility having played at CM, LB, and CB. Has plenty of game time too at League 1 over the last couple of years playing 5310 which is the equivalent of 59 full games. Hopefully he keeps up the form as we've a few lads from League 1 in and around the squad already.

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