Former Spurs midfielder happy to take pay cut to rebuild career

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Once a promising midfield prospect playing in a Wembley cup final, former Tottenham player Jamie O'Hara is now desperate to leave Wolves and rebuild his career.

It's hard to believe Jamie O'Hara was one of the first Tottenham youngsters to come from the youth team and establish himself as a Premier League player.

A run of Spurs graduates after him saw the likes of Jake Livermore, Steven Caulker, Andros Townsend and more all come from the club's youth teams and make a name for themselves in England's top flight. The aforementioned three have even gone on to represent England since O'Hara departed Tottenham in 2011.

Under Juande Ramos and then Harry Redknapp, O'Hara emerged from the academy to seize a first team squad place at White Hart Lane during a spell when the club struggled in the league but were successful in the League Cup, winning it 2008 and coming runners up the next year.

Though he fell from the limelight as Spurs challenged further up the table in 2010, he did impress in loan spells at Portsmouth and Wolves, eventually earning him a big money move to Molineux.

But unlike those mentioned above, O'Hara's career hasn't continued in the Premier League, and in truth hasn't continued at any level for the last couple of years. Wolves fell down to the third tier of English football, but O'Hara has struggled for game time after falling out of favour and suffering several injuries.

Making just 2 appearances for Wolves last season in the Midlands club's triumphant League One campaign, the former England Under-21 international is well and truly on the outskirts of Kenny Jackett's side.

And now the 27-year-old has told Sky Sports he just wants to get playing again, even if that means moving somewhere at reduced wages.

"In the past people had the wrong perception and I’m just desperate to get back and show them what I’m about," O'Hara told Sky Sports News.

"The perception is that people think I’m a celebrity and when I hear people saying that I’m a celebrity it’s like a stake in my heart.

"It’s been a bad season for me and a bad time but I know I will look back on this season and say that it changed me as a person."

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