Ex-Spurs academy man with 56 appearances reveals importance of first loan move

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Dom Le Roy

Former-Spur, Jamie O’Hara, has now opened up on the importance of his first loan move to Chesterfield in 2006 (Derbyshire Times).

O’Hara joined Spurs in 2003 from the Arsenal youth development and made his first loan move to the then-League-One-side, Chesterfield three years later.

On his time at the lower league club, O’Hara said: “I absolutely loved it.

“I was 18-years-old and I was playing in front of three or four thousand.

“They were proper games, proper fans where it meant something and that for me was the best education I could have got.”

The midfielder made 19 appearances for the club, scoring six goals in that time (Transfermarkt). He later enjoyed loan spells at Millwall, Portsmouth, and Wolves.

Since retirement, O’Hara has become the manager of National League South side Billericay as well as working within the media coverage of the Premier League.

The former-Spur believes it was his time at Chesterfield that eventually earned him a new contract at Spurs.

“I think I played 14 games and scored six goals and that got me a new contract at Tottenham,” he added.

“I was travelling up there by myself, I was living by myself, there was no cotton wool around you like you had in the Tottenham academy. It was ‘you produce or you are done’.”

After his loan spell at Chesterfield, O’Hara went on to represent Spurs 56 times across all competitions and scored seven times (Wikipedia).

O’Hara left Spurs in 2011 for Wolves for a fee of around £5m after the Midlanders made his loan move permanent (BBC).

Spurs Web Opinion

We have seen it time and time again when young players go out on loan and come back as better players. There are obvious examples, however, George Marsh and Jack Roles have both had fantastic seasons out on loan so it will be interesting to see them back at Spurs. Perhaps this is exactly what Skipp and Parrott also need.

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