Joe Worrall ‘rolling in the social media likes’ as new Nottingham Forest deal tops off ‘a crazy year’


Joe Worrall admits he gets asked the question almost every time he faces any media, and perhaps whenever he chats to fans – but you get the impression he doesn’t mind answering it.

After all, Nottingham Forest is very much his specialist subject.

And signing a new deal for his hometown club, the club he supported as a boy and where he has progressed through the ranks, has a special resonance.

So does it mean more to him, as a local lad, to put pen to paper – as he did on a four-and-a-half-year deal earlier this week – than other players?

“I get asked the question every time, but it does,” he laughs. “To sign for any club is a big thing, but to sign for the club I’ve grown up with and supported, and watched with my family, is a very proud moment.

“It’s a big thing for me to sign for Forest again. It wasn’t very long ago that I signed a new deal, in March, but obviously the gaffer’s rewarded me again.

“I’m more than happy to be putting pen to paper for such a long time.

“I’m rolling in the favourites and likes on social media!

“It’s good to get a bit of recognition and be rewarded, so I’m happy. I’m very proud.

“My family are very proud too. We went out for dinner on Tuesday night and had a little glass of champagne; celebrated and reflected on a bit of a crazy year for me.”

Joe Worrall has put pen to paper on a new Forest contract

Crazy doesn’t even cover the half of it.

Worrall has gone from being a ball boy at the City Ground as a youngster to being a first-team regular for the Reds – and representing his country in between.

His Forest debut came almost exactly a year ago, being named in the starting XI at Reading and he went on to make 21 appearances last term, playing his part as the club narrowly avoided relegation.

That would have been a decent enough season on its own, but an England call-up in the summer topped it off nicely. Especially when Worrall captained the mixed age group side to victory in the Toulon Tournament.

He has since made the next step up, linking up with the Under-21s. But he is not about to let his upward curve stop there.

Reds boss Mark Warburton said this week that Worrall cannot rest on his laurels, that he must always be chasing the next contract. And the 20-year-old agrees.

Asked if this time last year he could have expected to achieve so much, Worrall said: “Not really. It’s been a whirlwind for me. I’ve enjoyed every minute and I’m sure there will be more things to come that could bite me on the bum and excite me even more!

“I’ve been working hard for a number of years now. I’ve always believed in myself that I could come through and play for Forest and wear the red shirt in front of my friends and family.

“The cherry on the cake has been going away with England.

Joe Worrall on his England Under-21s debut against Andorra

“I’m just enjoying it all.

“But I’ve not got a minute to rest, really. It’s all go again.

“Getting the contract out of the way is probably the best thing for me. I can just crack on now and get Forest picking up points.”

The team’s rise hasn’t been quite so meteoric. They go into Saturday’s clash at Hull City sitting 12th in the table, with last weekend’s 2-0 success over Burton Albion making it two wins from their last six Championship games.

“There is still more to come from me and the team. A few results haven’t gone our way and we’ve been a bit disappointed, especially in a few of the home games,” said Worrall.

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“But there’s more to come. We’re a quarter of the way through the season, so there’s a lot more to come, a lot more goals to be scored.

“There’s still more to come from me personally. I’ve been frustrated with a few of the mistakes I’ve made, but I’m still a young player learning my trade.

“To be given the chance to go away with the England Under-21 set-up was another building block in my career. It’s something I need to build on.”

Much has been said about the passing style of football Warburton is keen for his side to play, but Worrall says he has found it easy to adapt.

“It suits me. Coming from the Forest Academy, that’s the way we’ve been taught to play,” he said. “It’s the same kind of football.

“Some of the lads he’s brought in from other clubs, he’s teaching them his philosophy.

“The manager has installed his philosophy and we’re all now well aware or how he wants to play. I think the fans see that as well.

“Sometimes there’s a little bit of frustration with the way we’ve conceded some goals – the fans and us, we realise that as well.

“But I think we’re really gelling. I think we’ve come through a tough pre-season away in America and have come back and picked up some good results; there’s been some disappointing ones too, but we’re learning every game and every training session.”

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