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Gaffer hopeful for O'Connor debut

26 July 2012

Michael O' Connor could be set to make his debut in Saturday's pre-season friendly

Supporters are reminded the match with SPL side Hearts on Saturday kicks-off at the earlier time of 2pm.    

''The players are really enjoying coming to work every day and it is important they do. On top of that our supporters have been awesome. The atmosphere they create is just fantastic and I can tell them that the players and myself appreciate it fully. We went a goal behind in the Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers matches but instead of moaning, the supporters sang louder for the team and look at the response the lads gave them''.

''Competition for a place in our team is starting to be fierce, and that can only be a good thing. I am looking at a much improved Jason Taylor, a classy David Noble, a superb Ben Pringle, a kid who will play at a much higher level if he remains grounded in Mitch Rose and the best player in League Two by some distance, Kari Arnason. It’s now clear that to be in our team you have to be on top of your game.

''He is a real competitor and can certainly play. His passing is very assured and I know when he is on top of his game we will win matches. This lad is a Championship player every day of the week. The kid has worked so hard in the last three weeks that everyone inside Rotherham United is willing him to do so well. He is now fitter than he has ever been and looking very sharp too.

''Michael is a top class player and our supporters will take to this lad in a very big way,” said manager Steve Evans.

Northern Ireland international O’Connor has returned to full training following a three week intensive fitness programme after he strained his groin in the early days of pre-season, but three sessions a day have brought the Irishman back to peak fitness and he is now considered by manager Steve Evans to be ready for his debut for Rotherham United.

Michael O' Connor could be set to make his debut in Saturday's pre-season friendly with Scottish Premier League side Heart of Midlothian.

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