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Interview: Max O'Leary enjoying life at The Moors
*'Hopefully I can be part of helping Solihull get out of the situation that we're in at the moment' - by Luke Turner*
PUBLISHED: 11th Jan 18

On loan goalkeeper Max O’Leary is relishing his time at Solihull Moors and is looking forward to helping the team rise up the Vanarama National League.

The 21-year-old extended his stay from Championship side Bristol City until the end of the season last week after a successful initial one-month period with The Moors.

O’Leary said: “I’m really enjoying it. It’s been good to finally get some games and I’m grateful for the opportunity to extend the loan until the end of the season.

“Hopefully I can get some more games and I can be part of helping Solihull get out of the situation that we’re in at the moment.”

With four clean sheets in eight games in his short time at Moors, O’Leary has impressed under a Mark Yates team that is constantly showing improvement. The young stopper puts the upturn in results down to the guidance of Yates and assistant boss Tim Flowers.

“I think that everyone is being a lot clearer on what we’re trying to do as an overall team. It has helped that those results have led into more good points and clean sheets as well - everyone knows what they’re doing so that’s the main thing that stands out.

“They’ve been really good. Tim was a great goalkeeper and he’s got a lot of knowledge so that’s good for me to have that side of my game as well.

“The manager, Mark, has got everyone organised and not overcomplicated things so everyone’s on the same wavelength.”

During his loan period, O’Leary has continued to train with parent club Bristol City as well as with Solihull – something he believes is beneficial.

“I’m training at Bristol still so that helps me know what I’m doing now and it can help communicate what I’m going to do weekly. I’m then training up at Solihull so it’s good to be around the boys and know what’s going on within the team.

“I’ve not set any particular individual targets. I just want to help keep the club up and that’s probably the main one that everyone’s focused on at the moment.

“It would be selfish for me to say anything individually at this point.”

The Moors have picked up seven points from a possible nine in their last three league matches and O’Leary has sensed a shift in belief within the squad.

“The mood is a lot more positive than when I first came in. Mark and Tim had just come in when I joined so they were trying to be really positive and the mood’s positive now as well, so we believe a lot more now that we can go out and beat teams,” He continued.

“I think that’s shown especially with the results when we’ve come from behind like the Barrow game and I think we’ll keep this run going.

“When you look at the teams that we’ve picked up points against, teams that are doing well in the league like Macclesfield, it really gives you a bit of belief that you can go to hard places, pick up points and win games as well.

“We had a lot of chances (against Macclesfield) and I think we were quite unlucky not to score but we do believe now that we can go and win games rather than go out and look to not concede or get away with a draw.”

With plenty of points still up for grabs from now until the end of the season, O’Leary is keen for the club to keep their feet on the ground and take each game as it comes.

“It’s taking one game at a time, definitely. If we look too far ahead then we need to take a step back and look at the games that we’ve got just in front of us.

“We look at the teams around us and we’re looking at results, but at the end of the day if we win the next game then we’re not going to be worried about them. It’s looking at the now and not too far into the future.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time so far and hopefully it carries on going well.”

By Luke Turner

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