O’Brien debt of gratitude

Joey O'Brien
Joey O'Brien

joey O’Brien is eager to repay the Owls for boosting his career for the second time.

His loan move from Bolton means that he is back on track at the club who gave him his break in league football seven years ago.

The 25-year-old looks back at the “great time” of his three-month Hillsborough loan spell and forward to a chance to resurrect his and Wednesday fortunes as he bounces back from a career-threatening knee injury, in the last year of his Bolton contract.

“I haven’t played a lot in the last two years; when I got the chance to come here and get some games, I jumped at it,” he told The Star.

“Gary Megson did a good job at Bolton. I’m delighted to come back here, and I’ve got the memories of when I played here when I was 18.

“My first game was against Hull, I scored and there were 28,000 there. It was unbelievable.”

He went on to make 70 Premier League appearance for Bolton, play for them in Europe and earn three Republic of Ireland caps:

“Then the injury curtailed my career. Hopefully I can play a few games here and get my career back,” he said.

“Obviously I have to get in the team first.

“Hopefully I can get some games under my belt, play well and then see what my options are.

“I know the manager, I know the club; being here just seems to fit.”