Profile: Kieran O’Hara


Kieran O’Hara recently re-joined the Shrimps on loan until the end of the season after an earlier spell at the club in September.

In his second loan spell, he has made his Football League debut when he started against Northampton after Barry Roche was withdrawn from the squad due to an illness.

“It is a big thing for me to make my debut for Morecambe with it being my first game in the Football League and I feel that it is a great test for me. It is a difficult league and I think that it can only improve me by playing at this level.

“I was proud when the manager told me that I was starting and I made sure that I didn’t let him down. The result was disappointing but I feel that we could have finished more chances and push to get something out of a strong Northampton side.”

Talking about being back with the squad, he said: “It’s good! Obviously, I’ve been here before so I know most of the lads so it’s to be back in training with them and being involved with the squad. I really enjoyed it here last time. When I first came the lads welcomed me in and really looked after me so I really enjoyed my first time here.

“It’s good to go out on loan to see how other clubs operate. I think it’s good especially to come to a club in the Football League because it is good experience to be with the players who have played in the League and you can always learn things from the people that have done things that the people here have done.”

O’Hara also mentioned how his teammate and fellow goalkeeper, Barry Roche who has made over 300 appearances for the Shrimps can benefit his development.

“It’s good for me to train with and be around such an experienced professional at such a young age because I have got a lot to learn. I think a lot of the things that Barry does well, I can look at and replicate and improve myself by watching him.”

The 19-year-old has high ambitions for when he returns to Manchester United and hopes to use his time here a platform to push for a regular place in the setup there.

“I’ve come here to gain experience so hopefully that experience will stand me in good stead to push on towards a place in the under-21s and even the first team. I definitely want to use this a stepping stone to push myself onto a higher level.”

The goalkeeper also talked about the players that he tries to emulate which were close to his parent club.

“I think growing up it was Edwin van der Sar. He was the goalkeeper that I watched and aspired to be like. I thought he was very calm, his decision making was quality and he had a presence about him.

“When he first left we (Manchester United) struggled to replace him but now with De Gea doing as well as he is doing I think there’s a lot to learn from him as well. I think he’s very mentally strong and in my opinion, he is the best goalkeeper in the world right now.”


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