Darragh O'Connor

O'Connor Feeling Good Ahead Of United Clash

Leicester City Development Squad defender Darragh O'Connor believes the Foxes are in good shape going into Monday night's fixture against Manchester United.
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- Leicester City's Development Squad travel to play Manchester United on Monday (7pm kick-off)
- The clash at Leigh Sports Village will be the Foxes' first Premier League 2 Division 1 game since March
- The 2019/20 season was cut short due to COVID-19, with City finishing second
- Defender Darragh O'Connor revealed that preparations for the fixture have been going well

City's trip to Leigh Sports Village to take on United (7pm kick-off) will be the opening game of the 2020/21 Premier League 2 season, as the Foxes aim to build on the second place finish achieved last campaign.

O'Connor himself is looking to kick on after enjoying his first full pre-season with the Club. Born and raised in Ireland, he came over to England to play for City in August 2019, signing his first professional contract in the process.

"It's been good because it's my first pre-season," O'Connor revealed, speaking to LCFC.com earlier this week. "So, it's been different for me because I've never done it before.

"Now, we've had three hard practice matches and the EFL Trophy, so it's actually been a decent pre-season so far.

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Darragh O'Connor
Darragh O'Connor

Leicester City Under-23s were second in the Premier League 2 table when the 2019/20 season was cut short due to COVID-19.

"It's been hard. It's been difficult going from part-time football into full-time football, but I've thoroughly enjoyed it so far."

The defender previously played as an amateur at League of Ireland outfit Wexford and impressed during 20 appearances for the side in early 2019. 

He admitted that, while his path has been different to most other players in the squad, he has enjoyed getting to grips with the set-up.

"I did grassroots football in Ireland but I only moved over last season, so I was 19," the Irishman, who hails from Clonroche, continued.

"There are a lot of lads here to have the come through academies and it's about getting to grips with full-time football and how to build the ball quickly and stuff like that, so yes, it's been difficult, but I've enjoyed it."

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Darragh O'Connor
Darragh O'Connor

O'Connor played the full 90 minutes of City's 2-1 EFL Trophy victory over Hull City.

City's Development Squad got off to the perfect start in the EFL Trophy, beating Hull City 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday evening, thanks to a late winner from George Hirst.

Twenty-one-year-old O'Connor, who played the full 90 minutes of that game, says he is targeting a good run in the starting XI, along with continued success in both the league and cup competitions.

He added: "Last year, I was in and out of the team, so this year now I'll hopefully be getting into the team week in, week out and just go from there, one game at a time.

"We're hoping for a strong run in the [EFL Trophy] and obviously we're looking to do strong in the league and hopefully go one step better and finish first in the league this year."

All times BST.

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