Recently departed ex-Nottingham Forest performer Ben Osborn has been speaking to Notts TV about his decision to leave the City Ground this summer.

The academy graduate had been a first-team regular since making his debut for the club in 2014 in a game away at Ipswich Town.

The 25-year-old went onto play over 200 times for Forest before signing for Premier League newcomers Sheffield United during the summer.

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Osborn wrote himself into Forest folklore with a famous stoppage-time winner at Derby County in 2015.

Following his decision to leave the club, the versatile performer has now been speaking on his move.

He told Notts TV: “I only had a year on my contract, so it was a case of, ‘are we going to sign a new contract here or look at something else?’.

 

“There had always been a little bit of interest in some previous transfer windows but I just wanted to stay at Forest.”

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Osborn clearly speaks fondly of his former club but ultimately the lure of the Premier League proved too good to turn down for the player.

He continued: “When a Premier League club came knocking though it was something that I definitely wanted to pursue.

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“I think it worked out alright for all parties. Forest needed to get some money in as well so it was good to get it over the line.

“Ultimately I wanted to win promotion with Nottingham Forest but in the end, it just wasn’t to be.”

Osborn played his first game of the season for the Blades on Tuesday night. He played the full 90 minutes as Chris Wilder’s men progressed to round three by beating Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane.

The academy graduate proved a master of all trades during his time at the City Ground and even though he has departed he will be fondly remembered by supporters of the club.

 

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