Yesterday John Askey strengthened his squad with the addition of goalkeeper Billy O’Brien. This becomes Macclesfield’s fifteenth new signing in what’s been a busy summer for the Silkmen.
O’Brien will compete for the goalkeeper jersey with Shwan Jalal who also signed for Macclesfield this summer, something he spoke about whilst speaking to mtfc.co.uk after joining.
Billy said: “It’s quite strange because goalkeepers become good friends but at the same time we're bad enemies as he’s trying to take my shirt and I’m trying to take his. But it’s always friendly competition.”
O’Brien was previously at Manchester City for eleven years and worked his way through the youth ranks with the Citizens and even captained the side, but now he’s ready to get down to business with the Silkmen.
“I got the call yesterday and it was something I wanted to jump at. I’m quite local to here so it fits the bill perfectly for me and I’m keen to get started now.
“I’ve been sat around waiting for things to turn up and when the opportunity arrived I was keen to get going, so I’m now ready to get into training with the lads and get prepared to get going on Saturday.
“I played with Man City for the past eleven years. I was there since i was a youngster. I signed there at ten and I did well to go through the youth system there and played with the reserves and last year captained the side so that was quite enjoyable.
“Last season I ended up going to St Mirren in Scotland and that went really well, we ended up turning around a sunken ship as we were written off, but then we turned it round and stayed in the league but now I’m looking to get good results here.
“So, it’s just a case of cracking on with training and seeing where it takes us. I’m keen to get somewhere now where it’s in my hands to progress and that’s what I aim to do.”
By Andrew Gate