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INTERVIEW: Happy to have the chance to be here

5 November 2014

Oldham Athletic defender Connor Brown on his move to Brunton Park

Oldham Athletic defender Connor Brown spoke to us about his loan spell with the club shortly before his first training session on Tuesday morning.

"I only found out Carlisle were interested before training yesterday [Monday]," he said. "The gaffer asked me if I was happy to come up here and get some game time, so I said yes straight away. I need to get some games under my belt so I was happy to come here and do that.

"I've played against Carlisle a few times so I know they're a big club with a nice stadium. The fans are good so I was happy when I found out which club it was that was interested in me. I think we actually won against Carlisle the last time we played them but hopefully I can help to get some points for the team during this month." 

"The fact that I've came down a division doesn't bother me," he told us. "It's league football, which is important, and I'm just happy to have the chance to play 90 minutes of football.

"I'd been asking if I could go out and get some games so I was really pleased when I was told I could. I'm not the type of player who is happy sitting on the bench and I don't want to just watch the season go by." 

"My aim is just to come and do everything the gaffer asks of me and hopefully win some games," he commented. "I don't like losing so whoever I play for I want to be winning games. Every time you step over the white line you're putting yourself in the shop window so I'll just see what happens once I've done that. I'm happy to stay longer, if both clubs want me to do that, but we'll have to see how it goes.

"I don't know any of the players apart from after playing against them. We've got a good set of lads here though with a lot of young players. We can hopefully get a good run going and try and climb up the table."

And on his first game being an FA Cup appearance, he said: "The first round is always a good occasion. Hopefully I can get off to a good start and we can get through. 

"We've had some good draws and runs in the cup since I've been at Oldham. We've beaten Liverpool and played against Everton so hopefully I can help Carlisle do something similar.

"The FA Cup makes dreams come true and I think beating Liverpool has to be my highlight. We drew with Everton and then lost at Goodison Park. We've actually drawn Liverpool three seasons in a row and not many teams get to do that.

"Peterborough will be a tough game. I played against them earlier in the season. They're a good side but the FA Cup is made for upsets and hopefully we can be one of them on Saturday. That game was the last 90 minutes I played. I was used as a left back so I just want to get games under my belt and push on." 

"The manager here has told me to go out there and play my game," he explained. "He told me to defend first then earn the right to play after that. 

"I would describe myself as a feisty player. I don't mind a battle and I like to get up and down. I've been in a relegation battle with Oldham for the last two seasons so I know what it's all about. Hopefully I can bring the experience I've had here so we can get some wins on the board and get up the league." 

And on his previous loan experiences, he said: "When I was at Sheffield United I went out to a couple of Conference North clubs, when I was 19. I think those loans were really good for me because I was used to playing in the reserves. It was suddenly men's football where the results really mattered.

"I'm definitely ready for this move. There are always nerves when you're meeting new people but once I get used to the lads I think I'm really going to enjoy it here.

"I don't mind a bit of banter but I'll wait until I get to know the lads rather than jump straight in. It's a good place to be. I got the train up to Carlisle on Monday night and it took three and a half hours, so I was able to get used to it. I had my laptop out watching films and things so it went quite quickly." 

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