DAVID SMITH - Thursday, August 21, 2014
Conor O'Brien could finally make his Austrian debut for Wiener Neustadt on Saturday.
O'Brien joined the Austrian Bundesliga team at the beginning of August after four years in Denmark, but has thus far been sidelined while awaiting his Austrian work permit to be approved.
Neustadt's sporting director Alexander Gruber told local press this week that O'Brien's "Rot-Weiß-Rot" card, the standard one-year work permit given to foreigners beginning employment in Austria, should be approved in time for their local derby on Saturday against FC Admira Wacker.
Since being officially unveiled by the Vienna-area club in early-August, O'Brien has missed their last two games while waiting for his permit to be pushed through the Austrian bureaucratic offices.
The team's need for their new American signing - or any help in general - was particularly evident in the second of these two games last weekend, a 3-0 shellacking at the hands of Grödig.
Should all go as indicated by Gruber, O'Brien will be available for selection by Neustadt head coach Heimo Pfeifenberger on Saturday evening, and could already feature in the reeling team's starting lineup.