Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall has told the Nottingham Post that he feels that his knowledge of the game has improved following his loan spell at Rangers.

The centre-back was shipped out by former boss Aitor Karanka and although he admits that still hurts a little bit, he is delighted with how things are currently going.

Worrall has played in all eight of Forest’s games in all competitions; captaining the side in the two Carabao Cup games.

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He has formed a formidable-looking partnership with Michael Dawson and things look rosy on Trentside for the youngster.

He told the Nottingham Post: “I feel my knowledge of the game has got better. And even at such a young age, the experience I got at Rangers was invaluable.

“For me to come back and start the season as I have, I’m really proud of myself that I’ve come in and got a space back in the team. To go on loan, come back and get in the team is a hard thing to do.

 

“I put a lot of pressure on myself in pre-season to do that and I’ve done it. Hopefully, I can keep playing.”

The 22-year-old has been trusted to start the season despite a plethora of centre-back options available to boss Sabri Lamouchi.

Worrall isn’t surprised by his inclusion in the team, however.

He continued: “I wasn’t surprised to be playing regularly, because I know I’m a good player. I know I’m very fit and capable of playing a lot of games.

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“I knew the manager was going to use me at some point this season so I wasn’t surprised.”

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Worrall might not have been surprised with the start he has made to the 2019/20 campaign, but some supporters may be.

It has been a welcome surprise that Worrall appears to have returned from Rangers a far more polished defender and his form so far this season has been good.

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He has looked the part alongside Michael Dawson and the duo seem firmly established as Lamouchi’s first-choice pairing.

The 22-year-old did have a knack of making silly mistakes prior to his switch to Rangers, which isn’t uncommon in young central defenders.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard appears to have ironed out some of those errors, however, and his spell there is now clearly benefitting Worrall now he is back at the City Ground.