Millwall youngster eyeing first-team berth after loan spells

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AIDEN O'Brien is determined to break into the Millwall first team next season.

The young striker, who spent time on loan with Aldershot and Torquay during the 2013-14 campaign, recently signed a new two-year contract with the Lions.

And now the 20-year-old has his sights set on a place in Ian Holloway's senior squad after cutting his teeth in the lower leagues.

"My goal next year is to be part of the first team and playing for the first team," O'Brien said. "That's what I'm aiming for.

"I've been training throughout the off-season and working hard so that when pre-season starts I'll be ready to go."

When Holloway was appointed in January, O'Brien feared he would be released by Millwall in the summer as the new manager had not seen him in action.

He said: "When the gaffer came in, I was out on loan, so I didn't think he knew anything about me but obviously he did.

"I didn't really have a clue what was going with my contract and I was worried because Holloway hadn't watched me.

"When my loan spell finished, I had to prove myself quickly.

"I suppose now he likes me and I just want to prove to him and everyone else what I can do and the things I can bring to Millwall."

O'Brien has gone out on loan three times in the past 18 months – so feels he has enough senior experience to make an impact at The Den.

"When I was 19, I played 12 games in League One for Crawley and that was a very good experience because not a lot of people do that at my age," he said.

"I scored seven goals for Aldershot but going to Torquay was a bit mixed – I didn't really get my chance. I feel I'm coming along well.

"I'm not thinking about going out on loan next year. Obviously if it comes to that, I'm more than happy to do that and I'm not going to sulk.

"But I just want to prove, as soon as I go back into training, that I'm ready. I'm raring to go."

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12 thoughts on “Millwall youngster eyeing first-team berth after loan spells

  • June 2, 2014 at 09:55
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    Well at least he's not a sulker like Marquis.

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  • June 2, 2014 at 10:14
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    Never seen him play but I like his attitude and hope he does well for us.

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  • June 2, 2014 at 10:17
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    Pleased to see youth come into first team contention.
    But also - where are our new signings ????

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    • June 2, 2014 at 20:40
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      @Longfield Lion: Early June is not the time business is done LL mate. Its a World Cup summer so untold agents, scouts, managers etc etc are occupied hoping to find a cheap diamond. I would rather we concentrated on getting 2-3 quality championship players signed in good time whilst we continue to work on being hard to beat and unified!!! Oh and giving the kids a crack.

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  • June 2, 2014 at 10:30
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    Be good to see his progress, we need a striker IH got to spend some money son, how we going to off load the money grabbers and when?

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    • June 2, 2014 at 14:09
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      @mewall62: The Supporters can't wait ! ( perhaps they want the Portugal Hols first ) .

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  • June 2, 2014 at 10:37
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    hope i am wrong - but I suspect that the youngsters ARE our new signings!!

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  • June 2, 2014 at 10:41
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    I think this kids attitude is spot on, I hope he gets a chance, if you do mate grab it with both hands love you to turn out like another teddy.

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    • June 2, 2014 at 11:37
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      @foxy: dont want supporting every club he plays against ...lol

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  • June 2, 2014 at 10:57
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    this boy is AWSOME he will get in double figures more like between 15 and 25 goals watch

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    • June 2, 2014 at 15:22
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      @jimmycarter : early may 3 youngsters got a big mention in the SLP saying o'brien goodman &fred will be part of the 1st team squad...the paper didn't mention marquis

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      • June 3, 2014 at 08:03
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        @Jim28: my comment is about o,brien getting all those goals, ....ive heard most money is going to be splashed out on the pitch again

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