Nottingham Forest striker Zach Clough feels he is ready to make the step up after his deadline-day switch from Bolton Wanderers.
The 21-year-old signed a four-and-a-half-year deal from the Sky Bet League One side and he cannot wait to get started in the Garibaldi.
He said: “It is a massive challenge for me and I feel it has come at the perfect time. I gave myself a good platform to go off and I stayed at Bolton for an extra year to make sure I was ready and more mature. I feel ready now.
“I have played in the Championship before and I know what it is about. It is a lot faster than League One and there is a lot of ability in this league. I feel I did well last season and I have learnt a lot dropping down to League One and I am ready for it.
“Gary has told me to enjoy it, work hard every day and just keep learning. He said to take the opportunity when it comes and to do my best. Competition brings the best out of me, when you know you are not guaranteed to play every week. That is the challenge I have taken on and that is the challenge that I felt I was ready for.”
Clough, who came through the ranks at Bolton, said it was an emotional decision to leave a club where he has grown up but he is excited for the next step in his career.
He said: “There was a lot going on and it was a big decision and I feel it is the right one. My dad said he felt I was ready and so do I. We made the decision as a family and it is a great club with massive history and that played a part as well.
“It was an emotional day as I was sad and excited at the same time. I learnt a lot at Bolton and I was sad to go but excited to take the next step in my career. It is a massive opportunity for me and I cannot wait to get started.
“After being at a club for so long you feel comfortable, you know all the staff and you don’t feel like you need to impress as much. It will take time to get used to the lads and the training sessions but I am really excited. It is a big squad with a lot of names to remember so that will take a couple of days to get used to it and hopefully I can be involved on Saturday.”