O'Conor: I've come to win trophies
Paul O’Conor became Ian Baraclough first new signing of the off season today and quickly delivered his wish to be as successful as he can with the club.
On the day the club announced 15 outlets for 2014 season tickets, which will go on sale from Wednesday, O’Conor’s signing was announced having put pen to paper earlier this month.
O’Conor told www.sligorovers.com: “When I met Ian Baraclough and he said he was very keen on signing me I was obviously very happy. It didn’t take too long to make up my mind. I wanted to sign for a club as big as Sligo. I didn't look back, we had a great chat and straight after I was ready to sign, no hesitations.
“Sligo is full-time, they live and breathe football down there and if you want to get the best out of players, it has to be full-time. That was a huge part of me coming down. I know every day all I have to do is concentrate on my football, look after myself and I'll be rewarded with big games.
“The full-time aspect is just so important because there is no better way to live than doing it full-time with a club as big as Sligo. I'm 26 now, I think it's the right time. I was at UCD for a number of years and at Drogheda last year and I just feel now is the right time. When Ian came in, I just thought it was perfect timing, an opportunity I couldn't pass up.”
Baraclough has spoken about O‘Conor potential to become one the country‘s best players and already categorises the 26-year-old as a leading midfielder in the league.
O‘Conor welcomed the praise from his new boss: “It's good when the manager has that sort of belief you and he feels that way about the way you play football. I'm obviously delighted, I've always been a fan of the style of football Sligo Rovers play and I'm just delighted to be part of it now.
“If you look at the last two years, Sligo have won two trophies. They were the two biggest trophies in the country and I want to be part of that. It is what every player wants. You want to be winning trophies when you play for a club. The club were obviously disappointed this year in losing the league trophy to Pat's and the way Ian has spoken to me, he really wants to get it back.
“It is about being involved in those big games. The Cup finals, the ones where you are in the title chase at the end of the season and the European fixtures. It is a massive part of it, coming to a club that wants to win trophies and expects to win trophies. That is what is all about.”
O‘Conor‘s last game for Drogheda was against Rovers, scoring the first goal in the final in the Aviva Stadium as his old club lost 3-2.
The new signing has a hunger for success having watched Rovers lift the Cup.
“It's about trophies,” he said bluntly.
“That was a gut-wrenching day, it's a day I'll never forget to lose a final like that. You know Sligo will be up there challenging for trophies and that is what I want to be a part of. One that wants to challenge for every trophy and be in finals.
“My aim is to be as successful as I can be with the club and the number one priority is to bring back the league trophy.”
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