Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

O'Nien Grasps 'Huge Opportunity' Cats Offer; "Every Day Is an Education" Aor Keen Goal Her O'Nien

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

O'Nien Grasps 'Huge Opportunity' Cats Offer; "Every Day Is an Education" Aor Keen Goal Her O'Nien

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Byline: STUART RAYNER Football writer stuart.rayner@reachplc.com

LUKE O'Nien says "every day is an education" after finally kick-starting his Sunderland career at Shrewsbury Town.

Substituted at half-time on his debut in the opening match of the season, 23-year-old midfielder O'Nien has found life tough since moving to Wearside from Wycombe Wanderers in the summer.

He has only played 32 minutes of league football since the match against Charlton Athletic. But rather than sulk, O'Nien has been working hard on his game and trying to learn from those around him.

He got some reward at the New Meadow on Saturday, when he came off the bench to score the goal manager Jack Ross said was in the offing for him to clinch a 2-0 victory.

"There's always going to be an element of frustration when you're not playing, that goes for anyone," he said. "Everyone wants to play every minute, but the opportunity I've got here is huge. I come in every day and work as hard as I can.

"Even if I'm not in the team, I'm trying to push the boys that are playing. It's important everyone's doing that. I've still got loads to learn, I've played all my games in League Two and it's a step up.

"This club is huge, and it takes time to adapt. The minute I stop learning, I'd get more frustrated, but I'm learning every day and that's the most important thing.

"The gaffer is always talking to me, and the rest of the lads too. Catts Turn to Page 44 From Page 48 (Lee Cattermole) leads by example, he's always giving me advice around the training field and it's only helping me. "I'd like to have more minutes, but everyone would say that. "I'm going to carry on working hard, and if I get a minute, I'll work my socks off for a minute. "I just want to get on the pitch, but if not, I'll be pushing the boys who are playing week in, week out. …

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