Mark O'Brien (footballer, born 1992)

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Mark O'Brien
Personal information
Full name Mark Leo O'Brien[1]
Date of birth (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Newport County
Number 25
Youth career
2000–2008 Cherry Orchard
2008–2010 Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2015 Derby County 32 (0)
2014–2015 Motherwell (loan) 19 (0)
2015–2017 Luton Town 6 (0)
2016 Southport (loan) 7 (1)
2016 Southport (loan) 5 (0)
2017– Newport County 14 (0)
National team
Republic of Ireland U17
2010–2011 Republic of Ireland U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:30, 21 March 2017 (UTC).

Mark Leo O'Brien (born 20 November 1992) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for League Two club Newport County.

Club career[edit]

Derby County[edit]

O'Brien started his career at Cherry Orchard, before he was spotted by Derby County scouts in the Dublin & District Schoolboy League.[3]

After signing for Derby, O'Brien became a regular in the club's under-18 team in 2008–09,[3] before making his professional debut as a 64th-minute substitute for Lewin Nyatanga in a 3–1 defeat away to Watford on 3 May 2009.[4] He was earlier named Derby County Academy Player of the Year at a club awards ceremony.[3] He also won the 2009 Republic of Ireland Under-16 Player of the Year award.[3]

In November 2009, it was announced by Derby County that O'Brien had successfully undergone heart surgery to correct a valve problem, and that he would be able to resume his career following a three to four-month recovery period. The problem had been discovered during a routine medical scan for academy players.[5] The operation was carried out at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital.[3] Following a successful recovery, he was an unused substitute in Derby's final first-team game of 2009–10 as they ran out 2–0 winners against Cardiff City at Pride Park.[6]

In 2010–11, O'Brien returned to being a regular in the club's under-18 team[3] and reserve team, and was also part of The Central League Central Division title winning team.[7] O'Brien appeared twice for the first-team, both as late substitutes in league games against Barnsley and Ipswich Town in October and November 2010 respectively.[8]

On 6 August 2011, O'Brien made an appearance in the first game of 2011–12 season in a 2–1 win at home to Birmingham City, replacing the injured Russell Anderson in the 35th minute.[9] O'Brien continued to start in subsequent league games against Watford, Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers,[10] as Derby won their opening four league games for the first time since 1905.[11] However, this run was ended against Burnley, as an O'Brien defensive error contributed to a 2–1 defeat.[12] On 13 September, O'Brien signed a new four-year contract, extending his stay at Pride Park until the summer of 2015.[13] He made 21 appearances for the club until he was ruled out for the season in December, after damaging his cruciate ligaments in training.[14] O'Brien won the Contribution to the Community Award at Derby County's 2012 awards night.[3]

On 3 July 2012, O'Brien visited a specialist to see if he would be given the all clear to take part in Derby County's 2012–13 pre-season training.[3] O'Brien was given clearance to take part in pre-season training by the specialist[15] and after the sale of Jason Shackell, Derby manager Nigel Clough stated his faith in O'Brien's ability at Championship level.[16] He returned to full training after Derby arrived back from their summer break at Moor Farm on 12 July.[17] O'Brien made his return in a 1–0 pre-season victory over Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium, replacing captain Richard Keogh in the 77th minute.[17] Despite playing in several pre-season friendlies including a start at Northampton Town; O'Brien was unable to feature at the start of season due to swelling on his knee.[18] Nigel Clough said he would be cautious over O'Brien's return to action, initially with the new under-21 team.[18] O'Brien made his return on 1 October, playing 60 minutes for the under-21's against Crewe Alexandra.[19] He made his return to first-team action 10 months after his last appearance on 27 October as a 72nd-minute substitute in a 3–0 defeat away to Peterborough United.[20] O'Brien made his return to the starting lineup for the first time in 13 months in Derby's 2–0 win over Bristol City on 15 December.[21] His "unbelievable character" during the match was praised by manager Nigel Clough as he played 87 minutes in the game and was a key factor in Derby's first clean sheet in seven games.[21] Clough said that "He was tremendous. He was struggling at half-time, so we said 'just get back out for 10 or 15 minutes.' He was then struggling at the 70-minute mark but we told him 'you're going to have to stay on.' He then succumbed to cramp in the end but he showed unbelievable character to play for so long because 13 months since a start is a long, long time at this level."[21] O'Brien kept his place in the team until he picked up an injury in the warm-up in Derby's game at Sheffield Wednesday on 9 February 2013.[22] O'Brien was removed from the starting lineup and was later ruled out for a month due to knee joint injury.[23] In late March, O'Brien was ruled out for a further six months after undergoing knee surgery.[24] O'Brien, as expected, missed the 2013–14 pre-season training due to his injury, but was on course to return in the autumn.[25]

On 15 August 2014, O'Brien signed for Scottish Premiership club Motherwell on loan until January 2015.[26] He made his debut on 30 August in Motherwell's 1–0 defeat to St Johnstone.[27] On 5 January 2015, O'Brien's loan was extended until the end of the season.[28] He played a total of 21 games for Motherwell over the course of 2014–15.[29]

In May 2015, Derby announced that O'Brien's contract would not be renewed.[30]

Luton Town[edit]

On 9 July 2015, O'Brien signed a two-year contract with League Two club Luton Town.[31] He made his debut for the club in a 3–1 win at home to newly promoted Championship club Bristol City in the League Cup first round on 11 August.[32] O'Brien made eight further appearances in 2015–16, the last of which came in a 4–3 defeat at home to Carlisle United on 24 November.[33]

On 10 May 2016, Luton announced that O'Brien had been placed on the transfer list.[34][35]

Southport (loan)[edit]

On 4 March 2016, O'Brien joined National League club Southport on a one-month loan deal.[36] He made his debut for the club on the following day in a 1–0 defeat at home to FC Halifax Town.[37] O'Brien scored his first goal for the club on 12 March, when he scored Southport's third goal in a 3–3 draw with Welling United.[38] He made the last appearance of his loan spell on 2 April in a 2–2 draw with Woking.[39] The following day, O'Brien returned to Luton after his loan deal expired.[40]

On 9 September 2016, O'Brien returned to Southport on a three-month loan deal until 10 December.[41] He made his second debut for the club one day later in a 1–1 draw away to Eastleigh.[42] However, O'Brien's loan spell was cut short due to a knee injury and returned to Luton for treatment.[43]

Newport County[edit]

On 6 January 2017, O'Brien signed for League Two club Newport County on a contract until the end of 2016–17, after his Luton contract was terminated by mutual consent earlier that day.[44] He was named in the starting lineup a day later away to Stevenage, making his debut in a 3–1 defeat.[45]

International career[edit]

O'Brien has been capped youth level for his native Ireland, at under-19 level.[46] O'Brien was called up as standby at under-21 level for a game against Liechtenstein U21 in November 2011.[46] In January 2013, he was called up to the under-21 squad for the first time for a friendly game against Netherlands U21 on 6 February.[46]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 March 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Derby County 2008–09[4] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10[47] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[8] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2011–12[10] Championship 20 0 0 0 1 0 21 0
2012–13[48] Championship 9 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
2013–14[49] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[29] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 32 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 35 0
Motherwell (loan) 2014–15[29] Scottish Premiership 19 0 1 0 1 0 21 0
Luton Town 2015–16[33] League Two 6 0 0 0 2 0 1[a] 0 9 0
Southport (loan) 2015–16[50] National League 7 1 7 1
2016–17[50] National League 5 0 5 0
Total 12 1 12 1
Newport County 2016–17[51] League Two 14 0 14 0
Career total 83 1 3 0 4 0 1 0 91 1
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Derby County

Individual

References[edit]

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