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Coventry City new goalkeeper Liam O'Brien looks forward to working with Steve Ogrizovic

Correspondent 24th May, 2017

New Coventry City goalkeeper Liam O’Brien ‘can’t wait’ to get started – and to working with club legend and coach Steve Ogrizovic.

As we reported earlier, the 25-year-old 6’4″ keeper’s arrival on a two-year deal from Portsmouth was announced this morning.

He told the club website: “I’m looking forward to getting started. It’s a massive club and I can’t wait.

“..I’m looking forward to working with Steve Ogrizovic. It’s always nice to work with different people and it’s going to be really good to work with him. I can’t wait.”

He said City’s new head of recruitment Tommy Widdrington was a key player in his signing.

“I was playing in games for Portsmouth, and Tommy was watching, so I must have done enough to impress him.

“As soon as I heard about Coventry’s interest, I knew it was a great chance for me and I took it with both hands.”

He follows from Pompey – promoted from division two – Michael Doyle, who was CCFC boss Mark Robins’ first summer signing.

We also revealed earlier today the signing of defender Dominic Hyam from Reading, who was also on loan to Portsmouth last year.

O’Brien said: “You can see the signings that have been brought in. It’s a club that’s definitely going places.

“Michael will be a massive influence around the club. Obviously we’ve just had a promotion with Portsmouth, and hopefully we can achieve the same again here.

“I started off at QPR and moved to Portsmouth. I was with players like David James and Sol Campbell, which was surreal at the time. Being young, I learnt a lot from it.

“Just being around them and seeing faces I’d only seen on TV before, was brilliant.”

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