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LEWIS: IT’S A GREAT HONOUR

22 July 2020

Town midfielder discusses captaining the Terriers

- Lewis O’Brien proud to wear the captain’s armband
- Midfielder on Young Terriers getting an opportunity
- Watch Lewis’ full interview on #HTTV

Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien says it was proud moment to captain the Terriers despite a 4-1 defeat to Millwall on the final day of the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season.

The young midfielder was given the opportunity to lead the side after Club Captain Christopher Schindler pulled out of the starting XI close to kick-off due to illness.

Lewis, a Town Academy graduate, wore the armband in the final game of the season at The Den, having only made his First Team debut in the Terriers’ first away game of the campaign back in August.

Town’s no.39 told #HTTV that it was “a great honour” off the back of an impressive breakthrough season at the Club.

“To be the captain of a team that I’ve been in for a long time, it’s a great honour to be given the armband,” he said.

“It came as a big surprise for me, but I wore it with pride today.

“I think it’s everyone’s dream to be the captain of the team they play for.

“For them to put the trust in me to wear the captain’s armband; it was a very proud moment.”

Despite it being a proud night for Lewis, it was a difficult evening for the Terriers overall with defeat in South East London.

The skipper on the night looked back on a tough evening’s work in the capital.

“There was a lot of young lads in the team who had been given opportunities and a chance to shine so it was obviously a good night for them to showcase their ability.

“But it was a tough match against a very physical team. I felt like we dealt with it well even though the score-line doesn’t show it.”

With Town’s EDT Coach Danny Schofield in charge of the First Team for the game, there was plenty of opportunities for the Terriers’ younger players across the 90 minutes at The Den.

As an Academy graduate himself, Lewis was proud to see a number of the Young Terriers get their chance in the First Team, including Micah Obiero and Scott High who both made their professional debuts in the capital.

“It’s a massive thing for the Club, and especially the Academy to be able to bring players of good quality through and give them the opportunity.

“I think some of them on the pitch showed it tonight in a very tough game to come on in.

“It’s a strange one for them because I’ve been around them for a long time and they’ve seen me when I was younger.

“I hope from the season we’ve all produced, they can look up and see me as a strive to what they can be.”

Sky Bet Championship safety was also officially confirmed for Town on the final day.

The midfielder looked back on the Terriers’ season and is hoping to come back even stronger ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

“It was one point after nine games so to come and stay in the Championship, it’s hard to say, but I think we’ve got to be proud of what we’ve achieved.

“After nine games, a lot of people outside of the Club could have been writing us off but we’ve shown the grit and determination to get out of that situation and stay in the Championship.

“It’s probably been one of the longest seasons anyone will have in their career, so I think this time off is an important time to rest and probably forget about football, reset the mind, reset the body, and come back next season hopefully in a stronger team and in a stronger position.”

Watch Lewis’ full interview below on #HTTV.


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