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New signing Ogbene on 'maximum potential' with Bees

New forward Chiedozie Ogbene on choosing Brentford, and his Championship ambitions

30 January 2018

Chiedozie Ogbene joined The Bees today (Monday 29 Jan) on a three-and-a-half-year deal. He sat down with iFollow to discuss his move and what he wants to achieve at Brentford FC.

"It's great to be here," said Chiedozie, speaking from Jersey Road on Monday afternoon. "Obviously, Brentford is a club with ambitions. They are trying to get to the next level, I am trying to get to the next level.

"It's a big club and a big step from where I am in Limerick, it's great to get this opportunity to play at this level. The people here are very positive, friendly and it's a club as well that wants to win. I want to be part of that."

The 20-year-old joins what is already a relatively young squad in the Sky Bet Championship and is confident that he will be able to fit in.

"You have to be confident in your ability to be a footballer everywhere you go," he said. "I feel like the players I've met have been very welcoming. They made me feel wanted and I'm going to be confident and believe in my ability.

"I feel like I've worked really hard throughout the whole year to be where I am. I feel like I'm going to improve more at this club, the coaching here is great, the setup is great and I feel like I maximise my potential here."

The former Cork City player joined Limerick last season and believes he learned a lot from his time in the Irish league.

"I've learned a lot, especially at Limerick" said Chiedozie. "It's very important as a player to play and I made a decision to go to Limerick to get game time. That's the only way you can learn. Every game I play, I improve tactically like when to make the run.

"You improve tactically, technically and of course physically as well because you're playing every week. Your body gets used to the stress whereas if you're not playing you don't know what it is to have pressure.

"Playing ay Limerick there was pressure and that improved me. I feel like that made me more of a First Team player than a squad player. Obviously, the coaching at Limerick did help me. [Strength and conditioning coach] Joe Gamble, coming from Cork City I wasn't as physical as I am now, he helped me improve physically so I am happy to have made that decision."

Ogbene also acknowledged the importance of having an attack-minded coach like Dean Smith who likes to play football on the ground.

"It's massive," he said. "The Club play beautiful football, they like to keep the ball and are very attack-minded, which means I'm going to learn a lot at this club. I was watching them against Sheffield Wednesday, when they won two-nil and the football was beautiful.

"What I really like about the Club as well is that I see the players are very hard-working and they always want to win. As I said, I want to be part of that, I want to win and never like to lose. I think coming here, I feel I can help the Club and obviously the Club can help me improve. I can see us moving forward to that next level together in the near future."

The forward also described what he feels is the main difference between Irish football and that in the English Championship. 

"I feel in Ireland we were technically behind football in England, but physically playing in Ireland ha benefitted me. Playing in Ireland is a more physical league I believe the football isn't as good. I think I have a lot to learn tactically to play in this league.

"I'm now at a club with a great setup, they have great coaches and I feel like there was maximum potential for me at this club."

When asked about his best aspects on the field, he responded: "I feel like my pace and strength can help the team. I'm direct, which I feel in modern day football is a threat. I would say I'm hard-working but I'd say the main thing is my pace and power to help the team, especially if we are in trouble.

"I could be an out ball, trying to hold up play, get at defenders and give the midfielders a break. I feel like in the months to come, with hard work and great coaching, I'll be a dangerous player."


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