O'Neil revealed that settling his family in the north at short notice - he clinched his move late in deadline day last August - had initially proved difficult.
He told the club's official website: "We had a baby that was two, three months old when the move came about. I was told in a day that I was going from one end of the country to the other.
"But no excuses, we have got to do it. Thankfully, I have got it all sorted now and we are very settled, so this season is going to be a good season."