Al-Habsi To Use Norway Experience

Last updated : 17 January 2006 By Matt Bottom
Al Habsi, 23, kept a clean sheet on his debut last night for the reserves after arriving from Lyn Oslo, where he spent three seasons.

Al Habsi said: "I learned much from my time in Norway. It was a fantastic experience for me.

"But it will be different in England as this is the best league in the world. It would have been difficult to come straight here from Oman.

"I am now set for a new challenge, although I know it will be hard for me.

"Everything is fine at Bolton and everyone is helping me.

"What I have to do is concentrate on training so that I am ready when I get my chance."

Meanwhile, Bolton defender-cum-midfielder Joey O'Brien appears to be on the brink of making a senior international breakthrough.

Alongside Manchester City's Stephen Ireland, O'Brien is one of the players that represent the future of Ireland, with the prospect of a call-up for Steve Staunton's first game in charge.

"We want to blood new talent, get them through, and we have got some young talent coming through as we have seen with young Ireland and O'Brien and people like that," confirmed Staunton.

"Friendlies are there for a purpose. Yes, we want to win and we'd love to win, but we will be trying to bring in one or two newcomers."