I caught up with new Imps midfielder Michael O’Connor this week to do an article for the club programme, available this weekend against Swindon.
To read the full interview, make sure you grab a copy this weekend where Michael talks about his move and the motivations for it.
Last season, Michael spent nine months out injured, another subject we cover in the interview, but he did tell me exclusively for the Stacey West that missing out on Wembley was heart-breaking, an experience he shares with much of our squad.
He returned to the Magpies line up just in time to reach the play-off semi-finals with Kevin Nolan’s side, but they were eliminated at the same stage as the Imps.
“It was bit gutting not to get to Wembley in the play offs, but my aim last year was to get back as quick as possible and be as strong as possible. I felt I did that, I came on against Coventry in the play offs and I thought I did well.”
I feel much stronger and I’m still a few game minutes away from being fully fit.
The injury he suffered has meant he has had a very different pre-season to much of the squad and I caught up with him less than an hour after he finished the behind-closed-doors friendly against Doncaster yesterday, which the Imps won 4-0. He spoke to me of his recovery and the pre-season he’s undergone at Sincil Bank.
“It’s been a slow process, but I’m starting to feel the benefits of it. I feel much stronger and I’m still a few game minutes away from being fully fit. Until the Doncaster game I’d had 75 minutes but that’s increasing all the time. I am in a good place now”
Michael went on to explain that in his time back at the club, he has seen the atmosphere and belief emanating from everywhere, in contract to his first stint.
“Last time I was here was eight years ago, but I’ve had seven weeks now and it’s good to be back. There’s a buzz about the place this time around, which is unbelievable.”
To read the full interview, please do make sure you pick up a copy of the match day programme, available this weekend against Swindon Town.