O’Connor set to wing it for Reds

Date published: March 24 2015

Reds utility back James O'Connor is set to return from injury and could start on the wing against the Lions in Brisbane on Friday.

The 24-year-old, who joined the Reds after a stint with European champions Toulon, has recovered from a calf injury which has kept him on the sidelines and with Quade Cooper also on his way back from injury O'Connor is happy to play out wide.

When asked where he would line up against the Lions O'Connor told AAP: "Obviously not 10."

"Quade's back so that's good.

"I'll be in the outside backs.

"We looked pretty good yesterday – I don't think we've announced the team so I can't say exactly where just yet.

"But I think it's the best position for me to be involved.

"It's where I'm comfortable, it should work out pretty well."

With Cooper, Samu Kerevi, Greg Holmes, Ben Daley, Lachie Turner also set to return from injury there's a renewed sense of optimism in the Reds' camp.

"As a whole it's been pretty frustrating," said O'Connor.

"There's been a lot of injuries and that's what affected the way we play as a group and what we could do as a group."

O'Connor said he is relishing the chance to return to action as for the first time since joining the Reds he is fully fit.

"Both games I've played, we lost," he added.

"That's not a good stat to start.

"I don't think I played anywhere near my best.

"I just haven't quite been able to get into my stride… (but) this is the first of hopefully many weeks where I can stay on the field and keep my body in good shape.

"We had a really good training yesterday, I got my metres back up to where they had been at my top speed."