Former Nottingham Forest winger Gboly Ariyibi has told Not the Old Firm that his time at the City Ground was strange given his lack of first-team football.

The player arrived from Chesterfield during the mid-season transfer deadline day in February 2017.

At the time, it was viewed by some that the youngster would be a future prospect and earn himself some first-team football.

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That never transpired though and after loan spells at MK Dons, Northampton Town and Motherwell, he was allowed to sign permanently for Greek outfit Panetolikos without making a Forest appearance.

Ariyibi has now spoken out on his move to the club and his feelings regarding his time on Trentside.

He told Not the Old Firm: “I remember I was supposed to go the summer before, I had offers from three Championship clubs but Chesterfield didn’t let me go and then I got the move to Forest.

“An opportunity never really arose at the City Ground. I was a lot more prepared after playing my games in League One before I moved.

 

“It was strange and I just wanted to get games after six months of not playing, that’s when the MK Dons move came about.”

Ariyibi did impress to a certain extent during all three loan spells away from Forest.

Despite failing to make the grade at the club, it’s a move that to this day the speedster is still very proud of.

He continued: “When you go out on loan you try and play your best and prove people wrong.

“It’s a club that has a lot of money, players and aspirations. I was honoured to get the move and to this day I’m humbled by it. When I realised I wasn’t going to play and the Greek offer came in, it was a no-brainer for me.”

Timing

It was Gary Brazil who added Ariyibi to the Forest ranks and if anyone at the football club knows a good young player it’s the club’s academy director.

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His spell as the caretaker boss didn’t last much longer after Ariyibi arrived though and for whatever reason Mark Warburton just didn’t fancy him.

Aitor Karanka came after the ex-Rangers manager and he too didn’t see enough in the winger to warrant including him in his plans.

Ariyibi will go down as one of the more bizarre Reds signings in recent memory and plenty of fans will probably wonder why, during the more difficult times for the club, he didn’t at least earn one chance to impress.

 

 

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