Joe Worrall had no hesitation in committing to Nottingham Forest for the next four-and-a-half years, saying it is a “dream come true” to sign a new contract.
The central defender is contracted to the Reds until the summer of 2022 after putting pen to paper – a process he joked he could not complete quickly enough.
“It’s a long time to sign a contract for anyone at 20 years old but I’m more than happy. I was trying to grab a pen from my own house (to sign),” he told the club website.
“I’m more than happy to be signing for such a long time at such a big club I’ve grown up with.
“We need to get back to where we belong. That’s my goal. I’m looking up not down.
“It’s a club I’ve been with a long time. It’s a dream come true to sign another contract. So I’m really happy.”
The England Under-21 international was given his Reds debut by Philippe Montanier last October, before Mark Warburton kept faith in him when he was appointed in March.
Worrall is hugely grateful to the current Reds boss, who continues to show faith in young players in the same way as Montanier did.
“I’ve got to thank Mark Warburton massively. He’s given me the opportunity to come into the team to start with,” he said.
“He’s played me week in, week out for a long time. For him to reward me with a new contract is brilliant. It’s testament to the hard work I’ve been putting in, so I’m very proud.
“I’m very happy with the amount I’ve been playing. I’ve been training hard.
“He’s showed a lot of faith in the young lads. It shows it’s a long term thing, rebuilding the club from where we were last year.
“For him to be rebuilding the club and blooding the youngsters at this stage of the season is very good. It gives the fans something to look forward to.”
Worrall’s first game after signing the contract will be at Hull City on Saturday.
Victory over Burton Albion at the weekend lifted the Reds to within three points of the Championship play-offs and Worrall is looking to narrow the gap further.
“Burton were a dogged team. It was hard to break them down. It could have been two, three or four goals, but to break their defence down was pleasing,” he said.
“We’re looking towards Hull, which will be a different test, but we’re more than capable.”