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The right signals

Posted on 4 August 2008  - 12:00

Jamie O'Hara believes our pre-season performances are sending out a signal of intent ahead of the new season, which begins in less than a fortnight.

The right signals

Jamie O'Hara believes our pre-season performances are sending out a signal of intent ahead of the new season, which begins in less than a fortnight.

The midfielder netted the crowning goal of our success at the Feyenoord Jubileum Tournament against Borussia Dortmund, and felt the 3-0 success was the icing on the cake of a successful excursion in Rotterdam.

Now he is ready for the 2008/09 campaign to begin, and is confident we can continue the form which has seen us win our last four friendly matches.

Jamie said: "Rotterdam was a good trip. All the lads have come together over the last few weeks, pre-season's been really tough, but now we're at the business end of it and looking forward to the start of the season.

"Winning something like this tournament shows everyone that we're out to win and we've got a side that are capable of achieving things.

"Dortmund are a big side in Germany and we played really well in the second half. To beat a side like that 3-0 shows we can play on the big stage.

"We've got a cracking squad for the coming season and there are a lot of quality players who are all bonding well together.

"We've played some great football over the last couple of weeks since we returned from Spain, including out in Rotterdam, and it's been a joy just to be involved."

Jamie also reserved special praise to 17-year-old Adam Smith, who was the provider of his goal on Sunday.

Like Jamie, Adam is a product of our blossoming Academy and has a few wise words of advice for the youngster.

The England Under-21 international added: "Adam's come in and done really well. He's been brilliant in training and has really impressed everyone.

"He's a good lad and all the boys have really taken to him, and he was saying to me what a great feeling it was for him and he can't imagine what it would be like to play at The Lane.

"I just told him that if he keeps working hard, he'll get his opportunity, because that's the way the gaffer thinks. Hopefully he'll become more involved soon."