Ex-West Ham and QPR star O'Neil positive despite Norwich City snub

Gary O'Neil is not having a good time at Norwich City, but remains upbeat.

Experienced midfielder Gary O'Neil was snapped up by Norwich City over the summer on a free transfer, but it is an addition which has not yet paid dividends.

The former QPR, Portsmouth and West Ham midfielder has been left on the sidelines, not making a single start in the Championship all season.

O'Neil has only played 105 minutes in total, across six appearances off the bench, although does have an assist to his name, coming in a 3-0 win at Brentford six weeks ago.

He made 26 starts for promoted side QPR in the division last season, but insists he is still thinking positively.

Quoted on Norwich's website, he said: "I haven’t moaned to the gaffer or asked him any questions, but with a couple of injuries and the results not quite going the way we wanted, you might get a chance,” said O’Neil.

“Everyone is desperate for a start, myself included. As you are around a bit longer you understand the gaffer has to juggle things. It is nothing personal. I have learned to be patient and wait for your time.

"I am enjoying my time and when I am asked to play I will continue to do my best."

The Canaries host Bolton on Friday night, and O'Neil's professionalism dictates he will continue to prepare for every encounter in case he is called upon.

At 31 he still has much to offer, and as Norwich push for promotion, having a player like O'Neil waiting in the wings will be essential as injuries play their part.

After a bright start, Norwich are winless in five consecutive Championship games, and changing the selection up to give O'Neil a chance could be on the agenda. They still sit only three points off the top of the league, and a win on Friday night can put real pressure on the sides in front of them.


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