Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall has told Nottinghamshire Live that being asked to leave the club on loan was ‘hard to take’.

The 22-year-old academy graduate was deemed surplus to requirements under former boss Aitor Karanka, joining Rangers on loan.

Worrall thrived north of the border, becoming an integral member of Steven Gerrard’s back four. He played in 32 games for the Gers, including four Europa League appearances.

The lifelong Forest fan is chomping at the bit to win his place back next season, however, and found leaving on loan tough.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “The former boss sent me on loan at a time when we had a lot of central defenders at the club. I have come back and there are probably a few more defenders now as well.

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“If you are a kid and have been fighting to get into the team, going on loan is one thing. When you have played 50-odd games and had a taste of things already, getting sent out on loan was hard to take.”

Worrall has no qualms about fighting for his place ahead of the new season, however.

 

He continued: “I am hungrier than ever to succeed at this club. I have faith in my ability to be one of the two or one of the three in the side. I am ready to get going now I am back.”

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Worrall’s determination to succeed has to be admired.

Whether or not he can force his way into the team, however, remains to be seen.

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The decision to send him on loan might have been difficult to take but during the 50 games he has already played for the club there were a few elements of naivety.

That is to be expected with a youngster coming through the ranks, however, and hopefully, he is now a more polished footballer following his Rangers stint.

Forest are a club where the supporters love to a see an academy graduate thrive in the first-team. If Worrall can have a good pre-season there is no reason why he can’t force his way into Martin O’Neill’s plans ahead of the new season.