Teddy's top, says Connor
11 September 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Connor Ogilvie says he’s relishing the chance to hone his craft under a true Spurs legend.
Our young left-back is currently getting his first taste of senior football through a loan spell with League Two side Stevenage – a club managed by our iconic former striker, Teddy Sheringham.
On the bench for a couple of games at the beginning of the campaign while he acclimatised to his new surroundings, the 19-year-old was handed his Football League debut when Teddy thrust him into the starting line-up for a home match against Hartlepool last month.
And after helping Stevenage claim their first win of the season in that game, the energetic defender hasn’t looked back – keeping his place during Boro’s recent unbeaten run and even scoring his first senior goal to contribute to a 2-1 home win over Plymouth Argyle last weekend.
Reflecting on his first few weeks at the Hertfordshire club, Connor said the chance to work under our legendary former England striker has come as a huge boost to him.
“I’m loving it – the boys have been very welcoming and I feel like I’ve integrated into the squad very well,” he beamed. “There’s a few boys who have been at Spurs who are at the club now, so the Tottenham connection definitely helps.
“Teddy is a top coach as well and he’s helped me a lot with my game. He wants me to express myself and show people what I can do, so he’s very encouraging in that respect.
“I used to watch him as a player and for me, you can relate to him because he’s been there and done it. He knows what the situation is out on the pitch and it’s very encouraging having him as a manager.”
As for his recent run in the team, which has seen Boro claim two wins and a draw, Connor confirmed he was delighted to be given a chance at first team level and revealed he and his team-mates feel like they’re making progress ahead of Saturday’s clash with York City at the Lamex Stadium.
“To be given the nod initially against Hartlepool for my debut was a great feeling, really superb,” he added. “We do team shape the day before a game and in that you find out the team, so to get that opportunity was great.
“It is a physical league but it’s enjoyable as well. We’ve got seven points out of nine so it’s going well and hopefully it stays that way. We’re a hard-working side so I hope we can carry this on and slowly climb the table.
“We’ve got York at home this weekend where obviously we’ll be looking to get another three points.”
Connor is no stranger to the Lamex Stadium, with our Under-21s regularly playing matches there – the next of which is on Monday night (September 14) against Reading, kick-off 7pm.