Former Rangers loanee Joe Worrall says he’s ‘over the moon’ to have signed a new bumper contract with Championship club, Nottingham Forest.

The 23-year-old centre-back spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Ibrox, racking up over 30 appearances and spending large sections of the campaign as the first choice partner for Connor Goldson.

His performances were mixed, to say the least.

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There were some very positive displays as he helped the Gers keep clean sheets against the likes of Villarreal, before dominating in a December Old Firm win.

Worrall celebrates a win over Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, he was also prone to a big mistake and made several across his time in Light Blue, including a particularly costly one in a defeat at Rugby Park in January.

His time in Glasgow appears to have brought him on leaps and bounds, though, and he’s thrived since returning to Forest.

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Remarkably, he’s played every single minute of their 32 Championship matches so far this season, playing a big role in getting them to an impressive fifth in the table.

Former Rangers loanee Worrall has returned to a key role in the Nottingham Forest team. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

He’s been rewarded for his efforts with a bumper contract, with the defender receiving improved terms and an extension through to 2024.

 

“I am over the moon. It is something that I have wanted to do for a couple of months so to get it finally done has given me peace of mind until the end of the season,” Worrall told Nottinghamforest.co.uk.

“When you say it, it makes me smile. It is a proud day for me and is something that you dream of when a young lad, to play for such a big football club and so far I have played a number of games this season and over the years.

“To commit myself for another four-and-a-half years is fantastic and I just want to thank everyone involved.”

On Twitter, he added that he was ‘hugely proud’ to sign the new deal.

Worrall may not have been a total success at Ibrox, but he’s certainly now showing why he arrived for his 2018/19 loan stint with such a big billing.

With 14 games remaining in the Championship, he will be hoping to help steer his boyhood club towards promotion to the Premier League, either through a late charge for the automatic slots or via the play-offs.

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