Kevin Nolan is thrilled to bring Liam Noble back to Notts County – and hopes he will thrive on the challenge of “proving people wrong”.
The midfielder signed an 18-month contract at Meadow Lane on Thursday, having been released by Forest Green Rovers because he wanted to return closer to the north east.
It ended Notts’ long-winded pursuit of the former Carlisle United midfielder, who was the subject of a £100,000 bid by the Magpies in the summer which was rejected by their League Two rivals.
Although Noble has signed a permanent deal with the club, Notts fans will have to wait until January to see him in a black and white shirt again given he was released outside the transfer window.
Some supporters remain unconvinced he has pushed his disciplinary problems to one side, having picked up six red cards in two seasons during his last time at Meadow Lane.
But happy Notts boss Nolan says he is looking forward to working with the 26-year-old and says he will be intent on showcasing his quality as a player.
“I am delighted to sign him,” he said.
“The circumstances of his departure from Forest Green are between him and them.
“For me, he is somebody we chased in the summer and were willing to pay a lot of money for him.
“I had a chat with him on Wednesday to see where he was at and what he was doing.
“It was then down to me to make a decision with my staff as to whether Liam Noble comes into the team and makes it better or does he weaken it in the dressing room or on the pitch.
“I think from speaking to the lad, I think he’s going to be a good addition and I believe we can improve him in a lot of areas.
“He’s got a long wait before he makes his debut, but it’s a different club now.
“We’ve made clear to him that there are standards he has to stick to and raise.
“He can’t bring them down. It’s a nice thing for him to be able to come back and prove a lot of people wrong.
“Hopefully that’s what he will do.”