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Hibernian striker O'Connor exceeding expectations

Hibernian boss Colin Calderwood believes the best is yet to come from Garry O'Connor who has already scored seven goals in nine games this season. The 28-year-old returned to Hibs in the summer at a low ebb, having been beset by injury and off-field problems.

Calderwood told Hibernian TV: "I think he has gone beyond what we would have expected.

"It's a huge return for what he has had to do.

"He is benefiting from knowing he's got a chance of starting on a Saturday, so he is focused on playing at the weekend.

"Not missing a training session in pre-season and since the start of the season has had a huge effect on him.

"If you go back and recall what he was doing in the first week to then suddenly beginning to show some legs and power, and that's still developing.

"I think there is more to come because he will last longer in games and the confidence is undoubtedly within him because seven goals is a great return for any striker.

"That lifts you and makes you feel happy about yourself.

"Credit to him as his personal happiness has been secondary to what the team is producing in terms of points and goals and producing for the club."

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