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JAMIE'S AIM

Posted on 1 August 2006  - 12:00

Jamie O'Hara is targeting involvement in the first team squad following his recent signing of a new contract at the Club.

Jamie O'Hara is targeting involvement in the first team squad following his recent signing of a new contract at the Club.

The devoted Spurs fan is back from his impressive loan stint at Chesterfield last season and believes his 19 appearances on five goals in league football has sharpened his game and prepared him for the challenges that lie ahead as he seeks to find a way into Martin Jol's plans for the new campaign.

"I am really chuffed to bits over the fact that I have got a new deal - I was very happy to put pen to paper for another three years," reacted the 19-year-old to the extension of his stay at the Lane. "It is a great club and I have loved my time here," he added, suspecting that his new deal was in no small way due to him making such a success of his time in League One.

"I think I have been rewarded. It has made me stronger, quicker and I scored five goals - I was struggling to find the net for the reserves! I am just happy to be back now, I worked really hard during the close season on my fitness because I knew I would be training with the first team players and knew I had to go up a gear.

"I took a lot out of the loan and really enjoyed it. It was the right move for me, to go out and try and put some performances in where players are fighting to make a living. I was the youngest player in the team and I thought I did well."

Back in the Spurs fold, Jamie now wants to follow Lee Barnard and secure a peg in the First Team dressing room at the Lodge.

"I am just going to try my hardest and see what happens. I want to push into the squad and then you never know.

"I want to be in that first team changing room with the likes of Barnard. Barney has done really well, he was a match winner for the reserves and got his reward for it.

"You have got to strive for that."