Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn joined newly-promoted Premier League side Sheffield United last week. 

The 24-year-old left the City Ground last week, six years after making his breakthrough in the first team. He has linked up with Chris Wilder at Sheffield United, ahead of the start of their Premier League campaign.

The Blades confirmed the deal on their official website, signing Osborn on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

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The midfielder was immediately thrown into action in a pre-season friendly against Barnsley at the weekend. He even managed to get himself on the scoresheet in the 4-1 win over the Reds at Oakwell.

At 24-years-old, Osborn felt it was the right time to pursue the chance to play Premier League football. He has since spoken about his time at the City Ground to the Sheffield Star.

 

Opportunity

He said: “I’ve left the club that’s been my home for my entire adult life and come somewhere new.

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“I’ve not got a bad word to say about them (Forest) and never will. But this is a real opportunity for me, the chance to play Premier League football for another great club.”

The midfielder made over 200 appearances during his spell at the City Ground. He became a fans’ favourite following his late winner against Derby County under the management of Stuart Pearce.

He had just one year left on his contract with the Reds before making this move.

The Reds have strengthened in midfield this summer with the likes of Tiago Silva and Alfa Semedo arriving. There was no guarantee that Osborn would be named in Sabri Lamouchi’s starting line-up. His decision to move on is one that seems best for all parties.

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Under the management of Wilder, he has the opportunity to improve his game even further at the highest level.

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