DAVID SMITH - Monday, July 4, 2011
After helping Blokhus attain promotion to the First Division, Conor O'Brien has taken yet a further step, signing a contract with Superligaen club SønderjyskE.
The Bucknell graduate had undergone a short trial with the southernmost Superligaen team, and his performance in a test game during the week was enough to convince the team's brass to lock him up for the foreseeable future.
"Conor S. O'Brien will join Danish [Superligaen] team SønderjyskE on a 1½ year contract," the O'Brien's Danish adviser Michael Pedersen confirmed to YA.
The team sees the American as a player who will provide an offensive impact in their midfield, and they had little trouble in deciding to ask him to join the team after seeing him in action for several days.
"SønderjyskE has strengthened the team's offensive midfield for the upcoming Superligaen season with American Conor O'Brien," the team announced through their website.
"The 22-year-old midfielder has a background in American college soccer, and was an important player for Blokhus FC last season, who qualified for the First Division," the press release continues.
The New York state native was a central figure in Blokhus's promotion run in the just-finished season, netting a total of ten goals in league play, and a crucial tally in their two-legged play-off against Nordvest which ultimately saw them secure the jump to the First Division on away goals.
His impressive debut season in Denmark was enough to convince SønderjyskE to give him a look along with several other trialists. After leaving a positive impression both on and off the field, the team wasted no time to snap him up for the next two seasons.
"After a few days on trial, Conor left a very positive impression," SønderjyskE Sports Chief Ole Nielsen stated through their website. "He is a fast, technically skilled and offensively dangerous player that can fill several positions in the central midfield."
"He turned up to try-out in SønderjyskE with a fantastic attitude, energy and determination to become a part of the team," Nielsen continues. "Conor is a fresh breath to the squad along with lots of humor and dedication. It will be interesting to follow him in the coming months."
"I am convinced that he will continue the explosion and in our training environment can evolve to become an established Superligaen player," Nielsen concludes.
Sønderjyske are nearing the final days of their pre-season preparations. Their 2011-12 Superligaen season will begin with a bang, as they host FC Copenhagen, who have won the league title in a remarkable three consecutive campaigns.