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Young Player of the Year | Nathanael Ogbeta

14 May 2021

Nathanael Ogbeta voted the Salop Young Player of the Year.

Nathanael Ogbeta's performances over the course of the second half of the season has seen the 20-year-old voted the Salopian Young Player of the Season for the 2020/21 campaign.

Making the move to Montgomery Waters Meadow from Manchester City's under-23's in January, few would have predicted the consistency and high-performance level produced by Town's wing-back during a difficult season.

Starting a total of 25 games in six months, Nathanael contributed to seven clean sheets - as well as notching two goals for Town in Sky Bet League One competition.

"I am so happy. It has been a really good season for me coming into men's football. It was a shock to the system but the way the fans have received me has been amazing. I feel so comfortable here and I am so grateful to God, the Manager and the lads for accepting me. I have loved the opportunity to play as many games as I have. It has got tougher as it's gone on but that's men's football. I am happy to have started here and I am really enjoying it.

"I believe my faith is key to why I've done well. I have such a strong faith in God and that has given me strength every time I have stepped onto the pitch. The lockdown period was tough but that gave me time to work on areas of my game that I don't usually get the chance to work on. I still feel so far away from where I can be but here I have the freedom to express myself more. 

"The hard work for next season starts now. I have been very fortunate to play this many games but nothing is guaranteed in football, I have to keep working hard and keep focused. This season is in the past. What lies ahead is most important."

Congratulations, Nat!


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