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Nathanael Ogbeta first interview

27 January 2021

Nathanael Ogbeta speaks to iFollow Shrews for the first time since joining Salop.

Shrewsbury Town Football Club were delighted to welcome Nathanael Ogbeta to Montgomery Waters Meadow as the left-back joined the Club from Manchester City this week.

The 19-year-old became the fourth signing of the January transfer window as the England youth international penned an 18-month contract in Shropshire.

The exciting prospect is pleased to have joined Town and is hoping to have a positive impact on the Salop squad.

On joining Town:

"I am very happy to be here. I feel like this is a club with ambition and I want to help the team. I have played against Shrewsbury twice, so I am looking forward to playing with some of the players here.

"My time at City has been fantastic but Shrewsbury were willing to give me an opportunity to play - that's what I need. I'm 19 now and I have been playing academy football for a long time. Now is the time for me to show what I can do on the big stage. I really believe that senior football is going to help me develop.

Nathanael shares a joke with Matthew Pennington

On his England youth experience:

"Playing with the England set-up has been fantastic. It's a challenge because there are so many different personalities and you really have to find yourself. As you play with England more, your personality comes out and you begin to find yourself more. You have to be yourself and that's how you get the best out of your abilities.

"Being with them is amazing because you can see the belief and confidence some of the boys have. It's contagious and you start to believe in yourself more.

"The coaches are fantastic and they hammer home playing with freedom - that had a real impact on me. I used to be very enclosed and would always take the safe option. Now I take more chances because I have been given that licence."

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On his style of play:

"I would describe myself as someone who is very comfortable on the ball. I have played in many positions. I can play left-back or centre-back. I am always developing and working on my game. Even during the lockdown, I was working on areas of my game that need improving.

"I feel like I can help control the tempo of the game and make things happen. I will always give my all and I am pretty quick. I always back myself defending a one-on-one.

"The intensity and the physicality is only going to bring the best out of me. I want to play as many games as I can. I want to make an impact and really help the team."

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