When 23-year-old Mark O’Hara left Scotland last season, it must have seemed like a dream come true.
He’d been given his chance in English football with Peterborough and began his career there with a couple of goals. The tall, languid central midfielder looked to be a shrewd capture and to have a big future.
Then it all dropped off. Who knows why, maybe a fall out with then-manager Steve Evans. Maybe it was a loss of form, but whatever it was, his game time fell away.
He joined League Two leaders Lincoln City in the transfer window on loan and has excelled. He’s scored once, a towering header in a vital match against Yeovil, but his displays have made him a key part of their title win.
He celebrated with them on the field, lapped up the adulation of the supporters and left with a ringing endorsement of his talents.
Sadly, he went back to a club that’s moved on and he’s now been transfer-listed by Posh. Their chairman, Darragh MacAnthony, suggests there’s a deal in place for the Imps to buy him, if they so desire.
O’Hara will now be in limbo. As recently as Sunday he was on the open-top bus parade through Lincoln where an estimated 35,000 people lined the streets to cheers the squad on. Striker Lee Angol did the same two years before, he too allegedly had a deal in place but later joined Mansfield Town.
The likeable O’Hara won’t want the same thing. He’s seemingly fallen in love with crowds of 9,000 at Sincil Bank and has visibly thrived under manager Danny Cowley. They’re building a legacy at Sincil Bank, changing the status of the club not just for a year or two, but hopefully for much longer.
Mark O’Hara will seriously hope the promoted Imps can find the funds to make him a part of their progress after such a solid end to his first season in the English game.