Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall says he is delighted to have returned from his useful loan spell with Glasgow Rangers and is anticipating a rigorous pre-season schedule with The Reds.
The 22-year-old has already sat down with manager Martin O’Neill to discuss how he could play a part in the new campaign and Worrall says he has even more desire to perform well in the Garibaldi following his time in Scotland.
Speaking to iFollow Forest he said: “I met with the manager a couple of months ago during one of the international breaks for a quick chat and he let me know what he wants from me. I told him my aspirations of playing for Forest again and now I’m looking forward to a tough pre-season and getting back fit again.
“I’m not expecting to waltz back into the starting 11 by any means but I’ve got more than enough confidence in my own ability. I’m hungrier than ever now to get that red shirt back and I’ve got a real fire in my belly to get Forest back to the promised land.
“It was a strange feeling not watching the games all the time while I was away. Initially, it was hard to take because I had played 50 games for Forest and was then sent away but it was good fun.
“I watched as many Forest matches as I could up in Scotland though and I loved it when Yohan scored at the back post to give us that win over Derby.
“When I saw all the news about the stadium redevelopment on social media, it was exciting because we’re going to have a proper stadium fit for a proper footballing city. I can’t wait to see a redeveloped City Ground and hopefully I’ll be playing on the pitch in front of it.”
Worrall made 32 appearances during his time at Ibrox, including in two Old Firm derbies and the Europa League group stages, and the defender says he returns to The City Ground as a much-improved player and person.
He said: “It was a really good experience. Glasgow was a bit of a culture shock for me but I really enjoyed it. Rangers is a huge club and the expectation up there is massive but the boys made me feel really welcome and I think it has stood me in good stead for coming back to Forest.
“I’ve got many fond memories from my time at Rangers. Of course, I was disappointed initially when I was sent out on loan but at the end of the day I’ve come back as a better player and a better person and I can now say I played for a huge club like Rangers.
“Steven Gerrard was great, he has got loads of experience and he’s a massive figure in English football and was someone who I looked up to as a kid. He was really helpful and he played me in some big games and I’ll always appreciate that and I’ll think he’ll go on to be a great manager in the future.”