ULTRA-POSITIVE LUKE O'NIEN



Ultra-positive Luke O'Nien is looking forward to the 2020/21 season, which begins on Saturday when we host Hull City the first round of the Carabao Cup. LON said: "Good habits are important, just getting that winning mentality," he said. “It’s all about habits; defenders keeping clean sheets and our strikers scoring. I think we’re very prepared. We’ve had a good amount of time together, the management team have looked after us. We’ve been worked hard, we’re a fit team and I feel like it’s coming together. We’re in a really good place, we’ve just to keep building. Hull coming down from the Championship, they’re going to be a good team. It’s just as important a game as any other to us, to build on what we’ve done in pre-season so far. It’s a good start to the season and a good benchmark for us."

O'Nien has been impressed with Dan Neil during pre-season and had a few kind words for the youngster. O'Nien added: "Dan has been exceptional right throughout pre-season. Every day in training, he’s like a dancer with those magic feet. He’s creating and scoring goals in training all the time. For him to set up the goal after coming on today is absolutely no surprise. He’s been doing that week in, week out which is good to see. There are a few of the youngsters who have been impressing. Jack Diamond has come back and done really well so we have that healthy competition. The gaffer doesn’t know his team yet so everyone has one more week of training to be at their absolute max and make sure they get that shirt. It’s a long season. The team that starts the first game rarely stays that way all season so it’s important as well that the people who do get in the team are pushed by those that aren’t. It’s a good place to be. Some of these lads were born in or after the year 2000, which makes me feel old and I never thought I’d say that. It’s not easy to make the transition from development football so you have to give these lads credit for quickly getting up to the speed of it. Not only that, but then going on and competing for places. I’ve spoken to Dan, for example, and he’s got as much chance as anyone else of getting a shirt right now."


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