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O'Connor: I want to finish my career at Brentford

One-club man is on the verge of 500 appearances in red and white stripes

Captain fantastic: Kevin O'Connor wants to see out his playing days in TW8

Brentford captain Kevin O’Connor wants to end his career at Griffin Park.

The 32-year-old could make his 500th appearance for the club if he features in Saturday’s home clash with Stevenage as the Bees bring down the curtain on a memorable season that saw them clinch promotion to the Championship.

O’Connor recently agreed a 12-month extension that ties him to TW8 until 2015, where he will also take on coaching duties under manager Mark Warburton.

And the defender, who made his debut for the club against Exeter more than 14 years ago, insists he wants to see out his days at Brentford.

He said: “I’ve got a young family so I don’t particularly want to travel around the country to try and prolong my playing days.

“I hope to finish my career here. If I’m not playing as much next season then I will do more on the coaching side.

“I will keep going for as long as I can, but the gaffer has given me the opportunity to work my way up and learn, which I’m very keen to do and excited about.”

O’Connor insists it will be proud moment if he is given the nod by Warburton to play some part against Stevenage.

Stalwart: O'Connor has made 499 appearances for the Bees

The one-club man has clocked up two promotions since progressing through Brentford’s youth set-up, but says reaching 500 appearances would rank right up there.

“It would be great if I could sneak on,” he said. “It’s crazy to think that I could reach that milestone because I still feel 25, even if I don’t look it!

“It would be a great achievement for me and a very proud moment to pull the shirt on for the 500th time because I love this club. It’s going places and an honour to represent.”

Warburton wants the Bees to finish their promotion campaign on a high in front of a packed Griffin Park.

And O’Connor, who has experienced all of the heartache first hand during more than a decade in TW8, says finally reaching the second tier makes up for it.

He added: “Going up this time puts what happened last year to bed. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be then. We’ve come back stronger and fully deserve promotion.

“The club have had so many near misses, so it’s even sweeter this time to get the job done, especially with a few games to go.”

 
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