Jimmy O’Connor says he still gets pre-season butterflies as Harriers get back at it…
By Matty Paddock - 27/06/2018
Posted 3 months ago
Jimmy O’Connor is delighted to be back at it in pre-season – admitting there’s already plenty of competition within the squad.
The boys are deep into their first week of pre-season training as Neil MacFarlane’s men gear up for the National League North campaign.
The 33-year-old has been in the thick of it and admitted to the official website that even with his experience, the nerves you get early in pre-season remain ever-present!
He explained: “It’s good to see and to get among the lads and the new faces – and some of the old ones as well!
“It has that whole first day at school sort of feeling and you never get tired of it, which is a good thing.
“There’s a bit of excitement and a bit of nerves but that’s healthy to have at this stage.”
“It’s good to see and to get among the lads…” Jimmy O’Connor
Far from being just about nerves, fun and excitement, there’s also a serious edge to the team’s work even at this early stage.
“That competitive edge comes out as well a little bit,” O’Connor added.
“That’s quite healthy at the start of a pre-season and you can see that most players nowadays come back in [for training] in decent condition
“Players are a lot more aware of not going away and putting on a couple of stone over the summer because you set yourself back so much.”
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