The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ross Law­son

JOE Wor­rall says he has to pinch him­self in amaze­ment as he ad­justs to life as a first-team player with his beloved Not­ting­ham Forest.

De­fender Wor­rall grew up watch­ing Forest at the City Ground, but, hav­ing risen through the Nigel Doughty Academy, the 19year-old is now strut­ting his stuff on the pitch.

Af­ter four months on loan with Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge in League Two last sea­son, Wor­rall started three Cham­pi­onship games in Novem­ber.

But, de­spite mak­ing the con­sid­er­able leap, the teenager is adamant he is keep­ing his feet firmly on the ground.

“It means ev­ery­thing to wear the shirt and get out there,” he said. “My mates text me all the time and say they can’t be­lieve I am play­ing – and I can’t, some­times, to be hon­est.

“A lot of peo­ple say I de­serve it. Some­times I do sit back and think about how hard I have worked to get this far. It is pay­ing off, be­cause just be­ing able to play here is great.

“I am cher­ish­ing play­ing in the team and I don’t think my per­spec­tive will change who­ever we are up against.

“It is not too dif­fer­ent to play­ing in League Two, as I was last sea­son on loan at Da­gen­ham.

“League Two is more phys­i­cal, but other­wise it’s the same thing.”

DE­LIGHTED: Joe Wor­rall

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