O'Connor lands new Blues deal

Published Jul. 13, 2010 1:11 p.m. ET

The 27-year-old Scot suffered an injury-plagued season last year, missing the bulk of the campaign after undergoing double hip operations. He made only six appearances all season, all as a substitute, scoring one goal. However, Alex McLeish believes the player signed from Lokomotiv Moscow for £2.7million in 2007 is worthy of another chance to prove himself. "Garry has had a chronic groin and hip injury and it probably goes back to his Hibs days and the days he spent in Russia when he played on a synthetic surface. Having two hip injuries simultaneously wasn't easy for him. "If you imagine him fully fit without those problems then that's what we've got to see - what Garry can produce without these hiccups. It was a successful operation and barring major breakdown there's no reason why he can't go on to have a successful career."