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INTERVIEW: I just want to kick on from here now

Samir Nabi on staying with Carlisle United

5 June 2017

We caught up with midfielder Samir Nabi to get his thoughts on his new deal with the club.

"I’m delighted to have got the contract sorted,” he admitted. “I’ve got the deal done and I’m just looking forward to the season ahead.

"Having had a spell in the Indian Premier League after leaving West Brom I’m pleased to be back playing in England again. In terms of my development and being more stable being back here is a plus for me.

“I just want to play as many games as I can and I’ll get my head down and develop as much as possible. I want to try and produce what I know I’m capable of doing."

“When I first came to the club it was one of those situations where I just wanted to get in and show what I could do, which would hopefully earn a deal, and that's what has happened," he continued. "I’m delighted that was the case and it’s good to know the gaffer has the belief in me to offer me the deal.

“I just want to kick on from here now as we start looking forward to next season. Hopefully that will mean we've all gone one better.

On how much thought he'd had to put into making the decision to stay here, he said: “You’ve always got to think about things but signing the contract was something I really wanted to do. I enjoyed my time with the club last season and there was really no reason why I wouldn’t have signed.

“Being here for the last few months did help with my decision. I know the club and the setup and the people have all welcomed me here. Especially the lads, we’ve got a great bunch here and, like I say, there was just no reason not to stay.

"The way the club is structured and the way the gaffer wants to play will suit me, so I just want to kick on. When I had my end of season meeting with the gaffer he told me he just wants me to keep developing.

"He wants me to show him my personality on and off the pitch, as well as make sure I'm enjoying what I'm doing. He told me to make sure I have no regrets, and that I give it everything, because he knows what it is I can do."

"My appearance at Yeovil was a good little taste for me and it helped show me what the standard is like, as well as the pressure that comes with it," he commented. "I enjoyed it, I loved every second of it, and I just want more game time next season. 

“Having the option in my contract of another year is good for me because I know that I’ve got a good incentive to work hard to make sure I play as much as I can. I want to be involved, playing my part and I ant to perform well for the team. If I do that I know there will be something there for me at the end of next year as well."

“The area I want to improve is how I play out of possession," he said. "In terms of where I want to play, if I’m playing a deeper role I need to think about my positioning when we don’t have the ball.

"I’ll keep working to fine-tune the abilities I’ve got now to hopefully make them come out even more. I enjoy getting forward, providing assists and scoring goals. If I can do that and help the team win games, I’ll be happy.

“I’m already back in the gym getting myself ready for pre-season. I’m looking forward to coming back and getting started again and I think we all just want to kick on as a team because the aim is definitely to go one better next season.”

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