IN a pond somewhere in Central Park......a mother mallard is watching one of her fledglings take to water for the first time, and noting - 'He is taking to that like Anthony O'Connor to playing in midfield.'
After arriving at Argyle, from previous loan spells at Torquay United, and Burton Albion from his parent club Blackburn Rovers, O’Connor has been a first team regular since linking up with the Pilgrims, and under the guidance of John Sheridan, he feels his game is improving.
At Burton and Torquay O'Connor typically played in the back four, either centrally or at right-back, but Sheridan saw a role for him in midfield, protecting those behind him, and Anthony has thrived in that position.
"I’m happy with the way I’m playing," says O'Connor.
“I’m not a natural central midfielder, but I feel every week I’m growing in that position and I feel I’m getting better and better, and hopefully as the weeks go on I can keep progressing”.
"I like all the positions that I play, I like playing football. I love being a footballer and I love playing football.
“The gaffer has put his trust in me, and he’s kept me in there. He wouldn’t have if he thought I wasn’t doing a good job.
“I’m happy and I’m progressing well, and hopefully I can keep getting better and doing well for the team."