Former Fleetwood Town loanee helped make up O’Connor’s mind

Fleetwood Town new boy Kevin O'Connor
Fleetwood Town new boy Kevin O'Connor

A former Fleetwood loan star helped make Town new boy Kevin O’Connor’s mind up when it came to joining the club until the end of the season.

Preston North End left-back O’Connor picked the brain of another left-footed North Ender, Ben Davies, before following in the defender’s footsteps to Fleetwood.

Last term it was Davies arriving on loan from the Championship club in January and he went on to become a key cog in Town’s 3-5-2 formation and their run to the play-offs.

When Alex Neil arrived as North End boss in the summer Davies got his shot at regular first team football thanks to his successful loan stint at Highbury.

And now O’Connor, who is hopeful of making his debut at Gillingham today, is hoping to follow suit.

He said: “I was talking to Ben Davies about it and he said it was a great club.

“The way the gaffer (Uwe Rosler) wants to play is great.

“I’m an attacking full-back and hopefully I will come up with a few goals here and there and set-up a few too.”

O’Connor has never played in League One before, having made the switch to Preston from Cork City in June.

But he expects the division to be similar to the Championship, one he tasted eight times with North End.

He said: “I just want to go out there and impress the manager and show what I can do if I get the chance.

“Thursday was my first day in so I’m not sure what the gaffer plans on doing with me.

“It will be a tough game, every game is tough like the Championship; you get no easy games.

“If we play well enough with the lads out there I reckon we will.”

There is plenty of time for O’Connor to get to know his-team-mates by way of their trek to Gillingham.

He said: “All of the lads were very welcoming, they all came up and introduced themselves so I can’t ask for any more.”

Fleetwood Town’s former Barcelona defender Godswill Ekpolo has left the club and returned to Spain.

The 22-year-old Nigerian has joined Spanish third division side Merida AD for an undisclosed fee.

He joined Town in November 2016 after leaving Barcelona B but made just three League One appearances.

In all he made 15 appearances for Town scoring once in the Checkatrade Trophy.