O’BRIEN BACKED TO STAR AT GULLS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Adam Hip­kiss

TORQUAY boss Chris Hargreaves be­lieves Ai­den O’Brien can fire his side to safety af­ter sign­ing the striker on a month’s loan from Mill­wall.

The 20-year-old has im­pressed for Repub­lic of Ire­land Un­der-21s, scor­ing five goals in eight ap­pear­ances.

He was loaned to Craw­ley last sea­son and scored three goals in five matches while at Alder­shot this term.

O’Brien came through the youth sys­tem at the Den, with his only se­nior ap­pear­ance com­ing in the League Cup in Septem­ber 2011, but Hargreaves does not doubt his tal­ent.

“He’s very sharp, a good goal-scorer and he’s up for it, which is some­thing that can’t be un­der-es­ti­mated,” said Hargreaves.

“He’s got some real fire in his belly and wants to do well. We’ve had some re­ally good feed­back from the peo­ple at Mill­wall.

“When we trained on Thurs­day, his first ses­sion, he was ex­cel­lent, so it’s another op­tion for us.

“He’s quick and busy, and a good fin­isher.You could play him as a tar­get-man or one of three strik­ers if that was the sys­tem used.”

The Gulls have also re­signed winger Danny Stevens on a short-term con­tract to the end of the sea­son af­ter the winger left Plain­moor last sum­mer.

LOA­NEE: Ai­den O’Brien

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