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Date: 4-7-05 gif O'Connor joins the pensioners club
Another elderly player joined the Harriers today with the arrival of Martin O'Connor once of Shrewsbury, Birmingham City, Crystal Palace, Peterboro, Walsall and Bromsgrove.  Now 37yrs old he has come to the Harriers at the behest of Stuart Watkiss to take up a coaching and occasional playing role.

Martin O'Connor His lengthy career started at Bromsgrove at the comparatively late age of 24 but within a year he was spotted by Palace and signed for them for 25,000.  He then spent most of his time in London as a reserve player before being sent out on loan to Walsall and then joining them for 40,000 once the loan spell had finished.

Nice little profit for Palace then but an even better one for Walsall when they then sold him onto Peterboro for 350,000 just two years later.

With further moves to Blues and then back to Walsall he had almost finished his playing career at Shrewsbury when he signed for them in 2003 but he had yet to join up with us.

At Shrewsbury he was used mainly as a second half sub and he's not really expected to start any games here but will be used mainly as emergency cover.  He is also not expected to be displacing Gary Barnett as first team coach, well not until he's finished gaining his coaching badges.




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