O'Connor closing in on return

Newport County's Aaron O'Connor who scored their second goal of the game celebrates their victory after the Blue Square Premier League Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 5, 2013. See PA sto

Newport County's Aaron O'Connor who scored their second goal of the game celebrates their victory after the Blue Square Premier League Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 5, 2013. See PA sto

First published in Newport County

NEWPORT County’s star striker Aaron O’Connor is finally inching his way towards a first team return, reveals Michael Pearlman.

The 30-year old former Luton striker has yet to kick a ball for the Exiles this season following continual problems with his groins.

O’Connor fired 20 goals for County to help them to promotion last season – including in the play-off final at Wembley against Wrexham – but he’s been absent throughout the campaign.

However, the Argus can reveal that O’Connor took part in a vigorous warm-up at Morecambe on Tuesday having travelled with the team and also was part of the squad who went to Mansfield last weekend.

And after a solid 13 months where he’s barely been able to play, County are finally cautiously optimistic on their talented forward.

“We are being very, very careful with Azza, because we’d hate to see him break down again,” County boss Justin Edinburgh explained.

“But Azza is travelling with the squad now and you’ve seen yourself that he’s joining in with the warm-ups and is just inching his way back.

“Hopefully he will return in the coming days and will be available for selection, because I think that would give everyone a massive lift.

“And he would offer a big goal threat, which we could do with at the moment.”

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8:53am Sat 15 Mar 14

CountyValleyboy says...

We most certainly have missed him !
We most certainly have missed him ! CountyValleyboy
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11:03am Sat 15 Mar 14

JimMachen says...

I'll be glad to see him back.

I just hope that he can step up to the mark at this level. Apart from three substitute appearances for Scunthorpe over a decade ago, he has never played outside of non-league football.

Nevertheless, Edinburgh seems to be able to get things out of him that managers at other clubs have been unable to achieve, so long may that continue.
I'll be glad to see him back. I just hope that he can step up to the mark at this level. Apart from three substitute appearances for Scunthorpe over a decade ago, he has never played outside of non-league football. Nevertheless, Edinburgh seems to be able to get things out of him that managers at other clubs have been unable to achieve, so long may that continue. JimMachen
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11:55am Sat 15 Mar 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

a fit again hungry AARON O CONNOR is the ticket to survival and maybe more .........
a fit again hungry AARON O CONNOR is the ticket to survival and maybe more ......... COUNTYVOICE
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11:56am Sat 15 Mar 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

and i also think he will bring back the old JOLLEY MAGIC
and i also think he will bring back the old JOLLEY MAGIC COUNTYVOICE
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12:34pm Sat 15 Mar 14

asrncafc says...

Thanks Mr Pearlman for finally giving us the latest news regarding Aaron O'Connor.

Although the player, when called, would not be capable to play the full 90 minutes for obvious reasons, I firmly believe that his inclusion in the team would further boost our attacking force that would be so much needed in the final sprint of the competition.
Thanks Mr Pearlman for finally giving us the latest news regarding Aaron O'Connor. Although the player, when called, would not be capable to play the full 90 minutes for obvious reasons, I firmly believe that his inclusion in the team would further boost our attacking force that would be so much needed in the final sprint of the competition. asrncafc
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