O'Connor keen on Iron stay

Premier League switch not on 22-year-old's agenda yet

O'Connor: Progressing with Irons

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Scunthorpe United midfielder Michael O'Connor insists he is more than happy to stay with the Iron, despite Premier League interest in the youngster.

"The club took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity to show what I can do at this level and I've got a lot more developing to do, so what better place to do that"

Michael O'Connor

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The Northern Ireland international has impressed on the right wing for the Championship club after joining from Crewe in the summer and his performances have not gone unnoticed, with top-tier duo West Ham and Hull keeping tabs on him.

However, the all-action midfielder, who was suspended for the club's big FA Cup clash with Manchester City at the weekend, told skysports.com that he has no reason for wanting to leave Glanford Park at the moment.

"I've settled in really well here since moving from Crewe in July and the lads have helped a lot with that," said O'Connor.

"I've also been playing in a different position this season, out on the right wing instead of a more central role, which has added another string to my bow really and I'm happy with how much I've been involved so far this season.

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"The club took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity to show what I can do at this level and I've got a lot more developing to do, so what better place to do that.

"Keeping this club in the Championship would be a great achievement and I am hoping to help them do just that."

Scunthorpe currently have a four-point buffer over the relegation zone, but Wednesday night's clash represents a real six-pointer as they face a rejuvenated Sheffield Wednesday side that leapfrogged them at the weekend.

He added: "The Sheffield Wednesday clash is a real six-pointer because they are down there with us at the moment and our record against the sides near the bottom isn't that great this season so we need to improve on that by picking up points against the sides around us.

"They've started very well under their new manager, but that run has to end some time and we showed on Sunday that we are no push-overs at home, so it will be a tight affair."