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Jamie's aim

Posted on 15 August 2008  - 12:00

Jamie O'Hara admits it will be tough as he tries not just to emulate but build on his impressive debut season.

Jamie's aim

Jamie O'Hara admits it will be tough as he tries not just to emulate but build on his impressive debut season.

The young midfielder was awarded a new contract after his efforts last term when he returned from an early-season loan at Millwall to win a place in Juande Ramos' plans and make 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice.

He also earned a call-up to the England Under-21 squad and has remained there - he's in Stuart Pearce's squad for the friendly against Slovenia at Hull on Tuesday.

However, Jamie knows he faces stiff opposition back at the Lane with the likes of Luka Modric, David Bentley and Giovani arriving this summer.

"This is a massive club, we strive to be the best we can and we've brought in some fantastic players," said Jamie.

"It's going to be difficult for me to get games but I know if I do well in training and in the matches I'll remain involved. That's my aim, to do well every week and take the opportunities that come my way.

"My whole life has completely changed and I want to keep progressing."

Jamie's first target along with his team-mates is turning positive pre-season form into league points in our Barclays Premier League opener at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

He's worked hard throughout the summer with this date on Teeside the target.

Jamie O'Hara

"It's what we've all been striving for, the big kick-off," he said. "Hopefully we can kick-start a good season. If we get off to a good start, win some games and play some of the football we've shown in pre-season we could really establish ourselves.

"Pre-season has been enjoyable for the lads, we've played well, put in some really good performances and the confidence is there that we can have a good season.

"Personally it's gone well, I've been involved in every game and all I can do is keep trying to impress the manager, play as many games as I can and try to push on."

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