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Gboly buzzing to be a Red

3 February 2017

Nottingham Forest midfielder Gboly Ariyibi is buzzing about putting on the red shirt after joining the club from Chesterfield.

The 22-year-old signed a three-and-a-half-year contract after signing on deadline day and hopes to improve as a player during his time at The City Ground.

He said: “I am delighted to be here. It came through late the day before the deadline to say that a bid had been accepted and in the morning I came straight up here to sign and I am buzzing.

“When I knew it had been accepted I couldn’t sleep! I was so buzzing and I couldn’t wait to get it all sorted. I want to enjoy my time here and contribute as much as I can. Gary said he will be working with me to try and get the best out of me and try and improve me as a player. 

“It is massive. I know a bit about the club and made my professional debut at The City Ground for Leeds in 2013 so it is perfect for me. It is amazing to be back here.”

Ariyibi took part in his first training session yesterday after joining The Reds for an undisclosed fee and he is hoping his style of play can get the fans on their feet.

He said: “I like to say I’m a flair player. I like to beat players, excite the fans and get them out of their seats. I can’t wait to get out on the pitch and put balls in for some of the great strikers we have here. 

“I couldn’t have picked a better club. Training was sharp. It was different and the boys have all welcomed me very well. I just need to work hard in training and do my best to try and get a place in the team.

“The first day is like being at school but with the players welcoming me and the manager coming up to you to say that things are going to be good, there is no looking back and it is good from there.

“It is a big step but I feel I am capable. It gives me great confidence that a team like Forest will give me this chance. I can’t wait to get going. I want to show my ability and show that I am good enough. I want to prove that I can play at a higher level and help the team. You can only learn from being with better players and I could see that from the first training session.”


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