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Republic of Ireland and Newcastle centre back Andy O'Brien is determined to fight for his place for both club and country.
The former Bradford city man faces stiff competition for his place at the heart of the Irish defence from players like Manchester City's Richard Dunne and the £8 million purchase of Jean-Alain Boumsong from Rangers has pushed him down the pecking order at St James' Park.
Aston Villa were thought to be interested in signing O'Brien in the January transfer window but the Irishman has opted to stay on Tyneside and work hard to gain a regular first team spot.