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O’Neill pleased at securing ‘exciting’ Lolley’s future

7 February 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill is delighted to have tied Joe Lolley’s long-term future to the club after the winger signed a new contract.

Lolley has today penned a new four-and-a-half-year deal and O'Neill is excited about what he can bring to The Reds in the future.

He said: "I am delighted for a start and I think this was something the club was doing before I arrived but it is something, certainly, I would have verified.

"I think he is a really exciting player and he has told me about the injuries he had at Huddersfield which prevented him from reaching his peak.

"But now he has been pain free for some considerable time, he has played a number of consecutive matches for us and he is a really exciting talent.

"It is really exciting and it is about getting him signed first of all, which means he is enjoying playing for the football club which is really important. And it is important for us as well, to know that he wants to play, he wants to improve and I think if he improves, he will improve us.

"He is a match-winner and our job, as a team, is to get him involved in football matches here and not spend 20 minutes out of the game. He may go past a couple of players, slip somebody through and he is the one at the minute. He is a proper player and he wants to do well; he has a really good attitude about it."

The focus turns to Brentford this weekend as The Bees visit The City Ground and O'Neill is determined to start picking up points to keep themselves in the play-off mix.

He said: "There are lots of points to play for. We are well into the second half of the season and each game that you play, you want to try and pick up something from the matches while every defeat knocks you back. It makes that equation a bit more difficult but we have a number of points to go for and while there is hope that is exactly what we are doing.

"I have seen a lot of Brentford and I have enjoyed watching them play over the years. They are a good footballing side and under the previous manager, who has now gone to Aston Villa, they played a delightful style of football.

"They have continued that and I watched them against Barnet and they are still playing well, playing intricate football which is nice to watch and we will have to be careful."


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