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What it takes to be top of the props
2:09pm Friday 9th November 2012 in Vikings news
FORMER Vikings captain and GB and Ireland international Terry O’Connor was invited to the Stobart Stadium last night (Thursday 8 November), by Head of Youth Performance Phil Finney, to pass on his wisdom to the clubs next batch of Super League hopefuls.
Terry’s association with the Vikings and his standing as a “local lad done well” made him the perfect choice to emphasise the rewards that culminate through continued effort and endeavour.
In his playing days, O’Connor was widely recognised as one of the most industrious front-rowers of his era. This is an attribute he recognises as a major factor in his success and one he readily encouraged the young Vikings to adopt, if they are serious about carving out a career in this uncompromising profession.
New Academy prop forward recruit Ted Chappelhow revealed how Terry’s talk was inspirational and has reinforced the importance of discipline, stating; “I thought it went really well and Terry offered us a great insight into life as a full-time rugby league professional and the many pitfalls that are there if you don’t apply yourself correctly.
“He also stressed the importance of applying this discipline and hard work to all areas of your life; including education, work and family responsibilities.
“We all dream of making the grade and reaping the rewards, but to do this we have to be prepared to put in the hard graft both on and off the pitch.”