Joe Lolley has shared a major reason for his departure from Nottingham Forest in the summer. The forward departed the City Ground after four-and-a-half-years at the club, choosing to sign for Sydney FC.

The 30-year-old is enjoying his time down under and has made a good start to life in the A-League. Lolley has scored twice and claimed one assist for his new club, with his performances catching the eye.

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Now, it’s emerged that Lolley was keen to leave Forest in order to play in his natural position. Last season, he was utilised from the bench and more often than not was played through the middle rather than out wide.

Lolley has been explaining that a major factor in his reason for leaving Forest was down to where he was played. He clearly fancies playing back in his usual role out wide and he should get that opportunity with Sydney FC.

He told Sky Sports: “One of the reasons I wanted to join was being able to be back playing in my position further forward on the right and sometimes go on the left as well. Those are the positions where I want to be.

“We did unbelievably well at Forest last year, but I was coming on as a No.10, which I’ve never really played as, and if gets you a bit because you want to enjoy playing and playing in your position.”

Lolley has shared major reason for leaving Forest

The winger was a useful signing for the Reds over the years. He was the sort of performer that always gave his all when called upon and very few fans begrudged him the chance of moving to play regular football.

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Last season was a tough one for Lolley. He claimed just one goal contribution during 2021/22. He was often a peripheral figure and he failed to get on the pitch against Huddersfield in the play-off final.

Lolley may have fancied a crack at the Premier League with Forest. Ultimately, however, it seems as though he knew his time was up and chose to play football elsewhere in a position he’s comfortable.

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