O’Brien’s future in the balance

Luke O'Brien's future could still be at the Shaymen
Luke O'Brien's future could still be at the Shaymen

Neil Aspin has admitted the future of Luke O’Brien is still uncertain as he waits to learn how long the injured Scott McManus will be out.

Halifax born O’Brien, 23, made over 130 appearances for Bradford City before a move to Exeter last season.

It proved a disappointing spell for the full-back, who has been training and playing for the Town since his release from the Devon club.

O’Brien has impressed during his short time with the club, but remains the only player still involved in pre-season who isn’t contracted to the Shaymen.

And Aspin has admitted that O’Brien’s future has still not be resolved.

“It’s not wrong to say that Luke O’Brien is on trial - but I think we know that he can play at this level,” he said of the player, who won the Player of the Year award while at the Bantams in 2009.

“But we’re just having to gauge it, with Scott McManus’ injury and what we’re going to do formation wise.

“We’re giving Luke match practice but if he got an offer that was attractive to him he would have to take that.

“Out of respect for him I don’t want to use him, but it benefits us and him at the moment.

“Luke is a good lad and it would be wrong to say he was a trialist because he’s proved he can play in the football league so I don’t think his ability is in doubt, but I’ve got other players who I have got signed up for next season and I’ve got that to consider as well.”

O’Brien was on the end of a dangerous challenge towards the end of

Town’s 4-1 win at Salford

“I’m never happy if it’s a tackle which could potentially break someone’s leg.

“I wasn’t happy about it and told the ref I wasn’t.

“I don’t see why a player can get booked in the first half for dissent but another player can put in a reckless tackle and not be spoken to.

“But it was only one incident in 90 minutes so I’m not going to dwell on that.

“I know the Salford manager Darren Sheriden from Leeds and this is his first job in management on his own and I hope he does well.”