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NEW CONTRACT: Connor signs first pro deal

Defender Connor O'Brien signs his first professional contract with the Reds

29 June 2022

Accrington Stanley defender Connor O'Brien has today signed his first professional contract with the club.

O'Brien, who has been a Red since the age of eight, captained the Under-18s to the fourth round of last season's FA Youth Cup; defeating Wigan Athletic and Swansea City in the process.

The 17-year-old made a total of 25 appearances for John Miles' side and was rewarded with his Under-23s debut in November's 4-0 away win over Huddersfield Town, playing 53 minutes at Canalside.

John Coleman said: "Connor has been a really good captain of the Under-18s and I know Ged Brannan is looking forward to working with him in our Under-23s.

"He has already caught the eye in training and could be a very astute signing for us."

Academy Manager Duncan Fearnhead added: "We're all absolutely delighted for Connor being offered a professional contract, in particular as he's a local boy from Accrington.

"He's someone I have known since he was around six or seven-years-old playing in a grassroots team that I looked after.

"Ever since that point his mentality to work hard and give everything has been outstanding, certainly one of the best I've seen in that regard.

"He's managed to work his way through every age group over the last 10 years, giving everything in the process and has earnt the opportunity that he's got currently.

"I have no doubt he has the mentality and attitude to be successful and hope when he's given an opportunity, he takes it and has a long career.

"He is a great example of what can be achieved through hard work, grit and determination."

Connor said: "I'm really excited and I can't wait to get going. It's a good opportunity being with the first team all the time and I'm looking forward to proving myself to the gaffer.

"The lads have been really welcoming, they let you express yourself and you're able to be confident. I think that's what you've got to do if you want to make an impression.

"I've got a good engine and I think that suits the system we play, both as a wing-back or at full-back."

The one-year contract is subject to EFL and FA ratification.

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