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INTERVIEW: “I’m looking forward to getting started. It’s a massive club and I can’t wait.”

Liam O'Brien speaks after joining the Sky Blues...

24 May 2017

New Coventry City goalkeeper Liam O’Brien says he “can’t wait” to get started with his new club after sealing a move to the Sky Blues.

The 25 year old former Portsmouth shot stopper and England under 19 international has agreed a two year deal with the club.

“I’m looking forward to getting started. It’s a massive club and I can’t wait.”

When asked about how the move came about, O’Brien confirmed that City’s new Head of Recruitment Tommy Widdrington was integral.

“I was playing in games for Portsmouth, and Tommy was watching, so I must have done enough to impress him.

“As soon as I heard about Coventry’s interest, I knew it was a great chance for me and I took it with both hands.”

Liam is City boss Mark Robins’ fifth signing (at the time of writing) of an already busy summer, which started with the recruitment of O’Brien’s former Portsmouth team-mate Michael Doyle.

“You can see the signings that have been brought in. It’s a club that’s definitely going places.

“Michael will be a massive influence around the club. Obviously we’ve just had a promotion with Portsmouth, and hopefully we can achieve the same again here.”

O’Brien signed for the first time with then Premier League Portsmouth in 2009 amid interest from several top flight teams, and it’s an experience which he looks back on fondly.

“I started off at QPR and moved to Portsmouth. I was with players like David James and Sol Campbell, which was surreal at the time. Being young, I learnt a lot from it.

“Just being around them and seeing faces I’d only seen on TV before, was brilliant.”

He now has the prospect of working at Ryton with another goalkeeping legend – Steve Ogrizovic.

“I’m looking forward to working with Steve Ogrizovic. It’s always nice to work with different people and it’s going to be really good to work with him. I can’t wait.”


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