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INTERVIEW: O'Sullivan on returning to the Reds

Johnno out to make more happy memories

17 June 2021

John O’Sullivan has enjoyed two extra special days in his football career so far – his debut for Accrington Stanley in 2014 and last season’s Wembley victory for Morecambe.

Now he hopes there are more to come after the winger signed a three-year deal with the Reds, his first permanent Wham contract after two loan spells with Stanley.

The 27-year-old first came to the Reds on loan from Blackburn Rovers and he, alongside fellow loanee Sean Maguire, made their debut in John Coleman’s first game back in charge in a lively 5-4 victory at Northampton – his league debut.

He returned to Stanley for 25 games in 2016/17, again on loan, before permanent spells at Carlisle, Blackpool and Morecambe, culminating in ‘Johnno’ winning the penalty which took the Shrimps into League One last season.

“Coming to Accrington, I was only young, it was my league debut and that Northampton game was one of the best days of my football career,” said O’Sullivan.

“I scored two and we won, it couldn’t have gone better really apart from their late fightback!

“After my loan spells at Accrington, I had some good spells at Carlisle and Blackpool. I have always had the ability but spent a couple of seasons in and out of sides and never really getting a run of games.

“Then I had a manager at Morecambe in Derek Adams who believed in me, he gave me a run of games similar to what the gaffer and Jimmy did here. Obviously winning promotion at Wembley with Morecambe was a special day in my life.

“Last season was probably one of my best season's in football in terms of performances and I want to carry it on so when I got a phone call from Accrington, while it was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make, it was a no brainer.

“I sat down with my family at the end of last season and got advice and, at this time in my career, this is a good deal for me.

“Coley and Jimmy (Bell) have always believed in me, they have always got me playing as well as I can. I want to carry that on, help Accrington. I am an ambitious person, no one fancied Morecambe to go up and we did it and I will bring the same mindset to Accrington. I want to play as much football as I can and help the team finish as high as we can.”

A first interview video with John O'Sullivan will be uploaded to the club's official YouTube channel once pre-season is underway, CLICK HERE to find out more!

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