O'Connor flattered by links
Scunthorpe midfielder Michael O'Connor was flattered to be linked with a Premier League switch in January.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 19/02/10 11:18am
Scunthorpe United midfielder Michael O'Connor was flattered to be linked with a Premier League switch in January, but insists he is happy with the Championship club.
The Iron are proving critics wrong this season and making a real fist of staying up after gaining promotion last season via the play-offs.
The Northern Ireland international only signed for the club in the summer in a £250,000 switch from Crewe, but has impressed with his all-action game in the Iron's engine room.
During the January transfer window he was linked with moves to top-tier duo West Ham and Hull City amongst others, but the 22-year-old told skysports.com that he is only focused on doing well for Scunthorpe.
"I didn't really listen to that too much because it was all paper talk.
It is obviously very flattering to be linked with such big clubs, but I'm just focused on settling down at Scunthorpe and becoming a regular here first," O'Connor told skysports.com.
"I reckon that I will be at Scunthorpe for another three years or so because I'd like to bed myself in here first before even thinking about another move, but I suppose you can never say never."
A last-minute winner from Paul Hayes secured all three points from their home clash with Barnsley and with a further two home games coming up O'Connor is eyeing maximum points.
"We've had a few points from last-minute goals this season and it always gives us a lift because it feels like you've turned it around when the chips are down," added O'Connor.
"The next two games are big games, as all our home games are, so we'd love to get six points from them, but they are both good sides and it will be difficult.
"We are doing well at home and have been all season, so if we can keep that up we will be fine this season."