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O'Halloran To Make Up For Lost Time

Stephen O'Halloran is looking to bounce back from last seasons nightmare and push Freddy Bouma for the first team shirt next season.

The 20 year old Republic of Ireland international can't help but view last season as a 'wasted year' given the failed loan spell at Southampton and then when things looked up and he travelled to Leeds, he suffered a cruciate ligament injury.

Speaking on the official site, O'Halloran is determined to make an impact next season though and no doubt, would love to get a little taste of European football.

'I've got a lot of hard work ahead of me throughout the summer but I'm not on my own and I'll just get on with it.

'Curtis Davies and Jonathan Hogg are also coming back from long term injuries and so we're bouncing off each other - which is helpful.

'This season was a bit of a letdown for me. I went on the pre-season tour to Canada and America and my aim was to force my way into the first-team squad.

'That didn't happen and I had a couple of disappointing loan spells - I didn't play at Southampton and I got injured before I could kick a ball with Leeds.'

That's the downside of bouncing off other players, everynow and then you fall harder than you expected and end up injured.

'I know that these things happen to you in your career and I have to stay strong and determined. I'm still young and I've got years ahead of me.

'It can get you down coming in just to work in the gym or in the pool each day but I have a target and when I am back in action I'm determined to make up for lost time.'

Bouma has done well this season given the fact he knew he would pretty much be an ever present, so from even a competition outlook having O'Halloran fighting fit would serve us well.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 20 2008

Time: 3:46PM

Your Comments

if he was a southampton flop, then how the hell will he try to push Bouma out..
Faroe_villa_rules
He wasn't a flop. He wasn't even given a game.
Adam Deuce
I know that I'm in the minority, but I just dont rate the kid. Apart from that abrasive statement, I have nothing to add.
glensider
Its a pity he got Injured at Leeds he could have been playing at Wembeley this week end, great experience for any young player.
col8
I have been trying to find out more about him for ages as I am not only a Villa fan but Irish and so hope this guy is quality and going by some of the things I heard from Bouma his is, I rember one match for Ireland u21's against England u21's and I rember it was up to O' Halloran to mark and defend against the whole England team one handed and did ok but did give away an own goal. Or was that the match in the U.S against Bolivia. I say dont judge him untill he gets a chance at VP.
Tallaght Villan
He's got to improve 100% Tallaght Villan, and then some more. He's nowhere near the rquired standard.
glensider
 

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