Sgorio reporter Nicky John has been getting to know some of the players and managers within the Welsh Premier league to get an insight into what makes them tick!
This week, Nicky chats to gap Connah’s Quay striker and current top scorer this season, Gary O’Toole.
Gary, the split has arrived, what do you make of the way things have gone during the first half of the season? It hasn’t been easy for the club…
We started off the season really well, then got into a bit of a rut results wise – we just have to pick ourselves up and aim for 7th.
We’ve made some good signings so I think there has to be good results to come.
Yes, a couple of new faces have arrived during the January transfer window…
All good signings too; willing to put themselves about and dig in, I’m looking forward to playing with them once I’m over my injury.
There have been good points – what have been your highlights?
Yes, there have been some good points – it hasn’t all been doom and gloom. We’ve had to dig deep to grind out results.
My highlight has to be scoring 8 goals in 11 games, and believe me there are more to come!
What does Gary O’Toole do when he’s not on the football pitch?
Well, I have two young daughters – 9 weeks and 2 1/2 – so I don’t get a minute to myself, as you can imagine!
I enjoy having quality family time.
What is your proudest moment on the pitch to date?
I have a couple from my days at Coventry, playing against Cesc Fabregas in a reserve game was one big highlight – and one I won’t forget, as he broke my collar bone!
I was through on goal and he took me out! I can’t say I’ll get him back anymore either! Haha!
Another highlight from my time there would be partnering Shaun Goater up front.
Which person in football do you most admire?
Althogh he plays for Manchester United, it would have to be Wayne Rooney as I see a bit of myself in him – with his anger on the pitch, haha!
I prefer to call it determination to win!!
What’s your earliest football memory?
Scoring 13 goals when I was 12 against an Under 17 team!! #backintheday
What was your first football kit?
The blue and yellow Everton striped shirt, Danka was the sponsor I think – despite the fact that I’m a Liverpool supporter!!!
Who works hardest in training?
I’m the first to admit I’m not the fittest person, so I feel that it’s me!!
Seriously though, I would say Hayesy (Mike Hayes) – but only in training! Haha!
What is your favourite away trip, and why?
There are no favourite away games – I’m not a good traveller so the closer to home the better!
Which opposition player(s) have impressed you most so far this season?
I would say Christian Doige at Camarthen – after watching him against us recently, I think he is a decent player.
If you could trade places with someone for a day, on or off the pitch, who would it be and why?
What are your hopes for the second phase of the season?
To stay injury free, get some goals for the club oh, and We WILL finish 7th!