SHOULD today see Oscar Gobern named in the starting XI to face Blackburn Rovers, it will represent his longest run in the Huddersfield Town team for two years.
Not since the final days of the 2012-13 campaign – when he started 10 straight games under Mark Robins – has the midfielder been so in demand at the John Smith’s Stadium, and he could not be happier.
Now, as Town prepare to take on Rovers in front of what should be the club’s biggest crowd of the season thanks to a £5 ticket offer, Gobern has his eyes on sticking around beyond the end of his current deal, which expires in the summer.
“I am out of contract and have not spoken to the manager yet,” said the 24-year-old, who joined the Terriers in the summer of 2011. “But he has said to just concentrate on my game over the next two games and take it from there. I would like to stay.
“I have been here four years now and have enjoyed every minute. The gaffer has been good with me and given me a chance when possible and I am repaying him. It has been great.”
Niggling injuries have played a part in Gobern’s problems in terms of nailing down a first-team spot, as has loss of form and falling out of favour with several managers.
He admits, however, to having taken inspiration from Sean Scannell, marginalised for much of his first two years at Town before blossoming into arguably the club’s most consistent performer this term.
“I have seen Sean as an example,” he said. “He has transformed his season.
“We didn’t know whether he was going to stay or go at the start of the season and now he is one of the first names on the team sheet.
“I look to Sean and take it on board and try and push on.”
Gobern’s performances since being restored to the starting XI in the 2-1 home win over Ipswich Town on Easter Monday have drawn praise from manager Chris Powell.
“Part of my problem has been that injuries don’t help, but I feel a lot fitter and may that continue,” said Gobern, who netted his first goal in three years last week against Derby County.
“We have stuck together since the first season in the Championship and we all get stuck in. The gaffer emphasises pressing high, being aggressive and getting in their faces. He has assigned me to do a job and, hopefully, I am doing it. The gaffer has instilled the confidence in myself and the boys have welcomed me like I have never been away.”