Date: 20th September 2019 at 6:00am
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Southampton Under 23 Academy graduate, and skipper, Tom O’Connor headed out for his first senior loan spell away from the club this summer and his destination was the Priestfield Stadium and Gillingham.

With six Under 23 showings to his name for the Saints in the EFL Trophy competition, he has now officially made his professional debut for the Gills and having featured at the end of August in their 5-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers, the 20-year-old Potential Republic of Ireland international, has made five starts on the spin, and against Bristol Rovers in midweek, he more than helped them to a point as he scored his maiden goal in the game.

His effort came as their goalkeeper spilt an shot by a colleague, and he followed in to slip it into the back of the net. Whilst not the same it’s as good a time as any to bring out one of his ‘Prowsy-esque’ efforts for our Under 23s I think.

It’s certainly been a good start now he’s got himself up and running, so long may that continue and we’ll really get to see what the lad is capable of. Naturally a defender, from reading around it sounds like he was shifted in the wingback role or even further forward, and he certainly impressed some fans in that position – so maybe another string to his bow.

Let’s hope it is the first of many as he really begins making a name for himself.

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