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New signing eager to impress after dream move

7 June 2015

Youngster Yussuf speaks of delight following move to One Call Stadium.

New signing Adi Yussuf is hoping to continue his rich goalscoring form and impress supporters following his ‘dream move’ to One Call Stadium.

The 23-year-old put pen-to-paper on a deal with us on Friday, subject to Football League approval.

Previously with Conference North outfit Oxford City, Yussuf bagged 26 goals last term to finish as the joint-third highest scorer in the division, whilst his old employers just missed out on a play-off place.

Speaking shortly after signing his contract, the striker said: “When I got told that I might be coming to sign here, it feels like a dream come true. I pinch myself every day.

“I’ve got so many people to prove [things to]. The fact that I was at Burton and things didn’t work out there, I just want to come back into this league and prove that I can play in this league.

“I believe that if I work hard on myself and my game, then with a bit of help from the gaffer and the coaching staff, anything is possible.”

Asked how his move here came about, Yussuf continued: “Last week I came to see the gaffer and his staff. They knew about me, they’d asked about me and they’d seen clips of me.

“He [Adam Murray, manager] seemed keen and I just want to say a big thanks to him for giving me the chance. I couldn’t have dreamed of this move this time last year.”

After graduating from Leicester City’s youth system alongside ex-loanee Billy Kee, Yussuf joined Burton Albion in 2011. He spent two years at the Pirelli Stadium, then spent time with Lincoln City during the 2013/14 campaign.

Nevertheless, it was his achievements at Oxford City that made him shoot to prominence and the youngster is extremely grateful to his old employers for giving him a base to express his ability.

He added: “Everyone there was like a family to me – the manager, the assistant manager, the coaches and every single player. On and off the pitch they were like a family to me.

“I want to say a big thanks to Oxford City for giving me that platform, because this time last year not many people wanted to give me one. They gave me my chance and I hope that they feel like I’ve paid them back.”


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