Oh, how I wanted to lead with the title ‘Imps after O’Hara, but that is perhaps best described as ‘clickbait’. I’ll save it for my other site.
The Imps are being linked with O’Hara, and he’s Scottish, but this is Kevin and not Mark. Kevin is a 21-year-old striker who has most recently been in the Scottish second tier with Alloa Athletic. He began his career with Falkirk, got Scottish under 16 and under 19 honours and played senior football for East Fife and Stenhousemuir, without any notable success. After leaving Falkirk, he wound up at Alloa, where he’s been a big success.
The Wasps are not a top Scottish club, they finished third from bottom in the second tier but avoided relegation. O’Hara was their top scorer, with 10 goals from 25 outings, adding three assists. He’s young, 6ft tall and I suspect would arrive as an understudy to Tom Hopper, who is almost certainly going to be our top striker.
O’Hara’s stats last season are not bad; he has around 2.5 shots per game with an impressive 47.5% accuracy, but he wouldn’t come here as the finished article. I suspect there is a hint of the Chris Fagan about him in terms of Lincoln recruits; he’s a bit of an unknown quatity, but at least does have some senior football. All I would say is that Jayden Stockley, a player we coveted as supporters, moved from Scotland with a less-than prolific record and impressed for Exeter.
O’Hara, to his credit, dropped out of full-time football to sign for Alloa and remain in the Championship to prove his worth and he is free to leave. Their manager, Peter Grant, admitted that several clubs were chasing him and that he left with their blessing.
“It was always a risk for him to come down from the full-time game but I knew he didn’t want to be one of the hundreds of guys in a pub telling people about what could have been,” Grant told the Alloa Advertiser. “We wanted to help him get back to full-time football and now there are definitely a few clubs interested in Kevin. That’s okay with me as I want Kevin O’Hara and others to have a chance to have a career in full-time football.”
O’Hara also won the Scottish Championship Player of the Month in January and is another of those rough diamonds that need a bit of polishing before we know how valuable they are. My gut feeling is that this signing is one we are close to, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him unveiled in the next couple of weeks.
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