The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Do­minic Hodg­son

JONATHAN Forte reck­ons he has ma­tured since his last spell with Sh­effield United, but the on-loan striker ad­mits it still hurts more than ever when they lose.

The Sh­effield-born 26year-old re­turned to Bra­mall Lane – where it all started for him 10 years ago – on loan from Southamp­ton in Jan­uary.

And while he in­sists his game has devel­oped, he is still just as much of a Blades fan as ever.

“Be­cause of where I am now I couldn’t be more de­ter­mined to suc­ceed,” he said. “When things go well it just feels ab­so­lutely bril­liant but of course, be­cause this is my club, when some­thing bad hap­pens it hurts even worse.

“I’ve grown-up a lot since I was last here. I’m a dif­fer­ent per­son now. Be­fore, when some­thing didn’t go well, I’d beat my­self up about it for weeks. Now, I’ll do that for a day or two and then put it be­hind me.

“That’s what you’ve got to do. There’s noth­ing to be gained from mop­ing around.

“You’ve got to look for­ward rather than back. I’m still my own worst critic but only pos­i­tively.

“I’ve got a lot more ex­pe­ri­ence than I used to and that really helps. I’ve learned a lot along the way.”

TOUGH: Jonathan Forte

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