Pals sold me on Well move


Sunday Mail (UK) - - Sport - Gavin Berry

Gboly Ariyibi was sold on a move to Well when pals like Aaron Tshi­bola and Joe Wor­rall raved about life in Scot­land.

And when his old Leeds mate Ross McCor­mack signed up with the Steel­men it made the de­ci­sion a no-brainer. The 23 - year - old Amer ican winger signed on loan from Not­ting­ham For­est last week and vowed to help Mother­well climb the league. He’s re­lieved his de­ci­sion to snub a move to English non­league foot­ball has paid off with a fresh start in Scot­land. Speak­ing from Mother­well ’s win­ter train­ing camp in Tener­ife, Ariyibi said: “I had the chance to go on loan to Ch­ester­field in the sum­mer but it was about mak­ing sure I got the right move.

“There is no com­par­i­son be­tween the Na­tional League in Eng­land and the Premier­ship so it paid off to be pa­tient.

“Mother­well are a big club and I’ve got friends who are play­ing in the Scot­tish Premier­ship so it was just the per­fect move.

“I know Tshi­bola at Kil­marnock, Wor­rall at Rangers, Uche Ik­peazu at Hearts and oth­ers who have played in Scot­land and said some great things after re­turn­ing to English foot­ball.

“I also know Ross as we were at Leeds United to­gether. He said great things about the man­ager and the club and I trust him.

“I’m a flair player – I like to take on my man, get crosses in and score goals. I have a lot of con­fi­dence to bring to the team.

“The Premier­ship has grown mas­sively and the pro­file has been raised with play­ers mov­ing from Eng­land and say­ing great things.”

The for­mer USA youth star wasn’t in the first-team plans at For­est and he’s hop­ing Well gaffer Stephen Robin­son can help get his ca­reer back on track.

Ariyibi said: “Foot­ball is about opin­ions and I’d have liked more op­por­tu­ni­ties at For­est but they didn’t come.

“I’ve tried to get the ex­pe­ri­ence and go on loan to get games which is im­por­tant for me in my ca­reer right now.

“The man­ager at Mother­well has given me mas­sive con­fi­dence and he was a ma­jor inf lu­ence in me com­ing here.

“He’s a good guy and there’s a great group of boys.

“Mother­well should be a lot higher and I’m here to push the boys, add some­thing dif­fer­ent and hope­fully get them up the ta­ble.

“I watch a lot of Scot­tish foot­ball and I’m aware Well reached two cup fi­nals but this is all new to me and it’s a new chal­lenge.

“I’m ex­cited. The boys have all wel­comed me well and I just can’t wait to get go­ing, re­ally.

“It’s im­por­tant for me to pick up my ca­reer and get to where I need to be.

“I star ted my ca­reer at Southamp­ton and was in the same age group as Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse, Calum Cham­bers and Har­ri­son Reed.

“We all grew up and it was a good set-up. It was a good academy but I didn’t have many deal­ings with Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino as I was let go as a sec­ond year scholar and worked my way up from there.

“I also played for the USA at un­der­age level.

“Emer­son Hyn­d­man (the for­mer Rangers and Hibs loan player) was in the same team as well as Ro­main Gall who has played for the se­nior team and is now at Malmo.”

PLAY­ING PA­TIENCE Ariyibi took time to pick the right loan move McCOR­MACK big in­flu­ence

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