It took a few weeks for him to bed in, but Scottish midfielder Mark O’Hara has proven to be a combative and effective force since his temporary switch from Peterborough United.
His arrival was one of the talked about sagas of the winter window, with rumours about him coming seemingly circulating for several weeks before he pitched up at the Bank. The tall, aerially competent midfielder was sold on the move after watching a bumper Imps’ crowd cheer the lads on to a 1-0 win against Grimsby.
Having played in League One for a couple of months following his switch from the SPFL, a move to Lincoln City might have seemed a hard sell. In this afternoon’s press conference, it seems a couple of months on the inside looking out has convinced him that an extended stay with the club would be a wise move.
Rob Makepeace asked him how he’s been finding his time at Lincoln, skirting around the big question of whether he’d want to make the move permanent.
“I’ve absolutely loved it, there’s a lot to take in and a lot of small, fine details to get to know when you’re working with the guys. I feel as though I’m getting there now, I understand the players and how understand how the manager’s working. I’ve loved every second, I’m really enjoying myself.”
Rob then edged closer to the killer question, asking if there had been any contact with posh and their new manager, Darren Ferguson.
“Not at all. My focus is firmly here right now and the target is getting Lincoln promoted.”
Finally, a subtlety as he could, he took the plunge and asked if O’Hara would be open to the move. the answer was a resounding positive.
“A hundred percent. I’ve actually spoke to the manager this week, I’ve loved every second, so hopefully that’ll be something that get’s sorted.”
We know there’s an option to buy, the accessible Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has already expressed that. there’s other sides interested as well, but if we get promoted, what will they have to sell? 9,000 fans every week? Potential to take well over 5,000 away from home?
No. If (when) we go up then as a League One club we would surely be at a huge advantage in the hunt for the 23-year-old’s signature. He’s clearly at home here and the level of our support has impressed him too. When quizzed about the potential record-breaking away following this weekend, he replied;
“It’s madness. I think most teams wouldn’t even get that for a home game. To take that away is brilliant and hopefully we can repay them.”
There’s little doubt that Mark O’Hara is a capable and exciting player to have on board. He’s young, but physically able to hold his own in League Two. He’s already proven his aerial presence is valuable with the winning goal against Yeovil, but with the ball at his feet he’s also shown himself to be composed and able to spread play well.
Whilst some of our squad edge to 30 and beyond, the future lays with the likes of Mark O’Hara who could be a key part of our side for years to come, if we can tie up the loose ends with Posh this summer.
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