McLeish wishes O'Connor well
Alex McLeish has wished striker Garry O'Connor well after ending his three-year spell at Birmingham.
Last Updated: 12/12/10 10:51pm
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has wished striker Garry O'Connor well after ending his three-year spell at St Andrews.
The Scotland international has signed for Championship side Barnsley until the end of the season after two loan spells at Oakwell.
O'Connor, 27, was given a six-month contract by the Blues last summer following a difficult rehabilitation from operations on both hips.
And McLeish believes the home fans seldom saw the best of the player who scored 14 goals in 70 appearances for City after moving from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2007.
McLeish said: "We wish Garry well and it's great for him that he has signed a deal with Barnsley.
"He is a good player and it is unfortunate Birmingham fans never got the chance to see the very best of him during his time here.
"They saw flashes of it with some of the performances he put in and important goals scored, particularly in the promotion season."
McLeish admitted: "The double hip injury Garry suffered was a real blow to him just when it looked his Birmingham career was on an upward curve.
"He is a great character and fighter and came back from that. We just felt - and I am sure he did too - that it was time for him to go in a different direction and we wish him well."