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Liam Noble: 'I am more experienced and mature'

Joe Jones

Notts County midfielder Liam Noble has stressed that he is more experienced and mature compared to his last spell at Meadow Lane and is eager to repay Kevin Nolan and Alan Hardy's faith in re-signing him.

The 26-year-old left Notts in 2016 to join Mark Cooper's Forest Green Rovers and helped the Green Devils to promotion from the National League, as well as earning himself the captain's armband.

Noble's spell at the New Lawn ended somewhat acrimoniously, however, as he was ruled out indefinitely due to a medical condition before being released by mutual consent, citing a desire to be closer to his family in the North-East.

Now re-signed by Notts, Noble insists he is a "fresh" new player and a different proposition to the card-happy, temperamental footballer he once was.

"I'm buzzing to be back," he told the official Notts site. "I had a good chat with the manager and his staff to make sure I was willing to work to the high standards they set every day, which I was always going to do.

"I looked up to the manager when he played for Newcastle. He was a top-class midfielder so I knew his standards were always going to be high and you can see that in training.

"The lads know when to have a laugh but once we cross the white line for a match or training, we are switched on and giving 100% day in, day out.

"It's a good place to come to work every day. Not much is similar to when I was last here. It's become a totally different club in the time I've been away.

"I need to repay the faith of the manager and the chairman for bringing me back because some people will question the move. But it'a fresh club and a fresh Liam Noble.

"I dropped down to the National League, which was a hard league to get out of, and I had a different mentality going into games.

"I was in a good place and played a lot. I only got booked seven times and didn't get sent off.

"I'm more experienced and mature now. I'm 26 years old so I need to get my head screwed on.

"Come January it's my time to shine and help the rest of the squad keep us up where we want to be."

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a mature person would not lie about being injured or having a medical condition, he also would not run back to his former club just because they are doing better than his current employer.

time will tell but he has not changed yet.

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We'll have to see, as I agree with @liampie and it does seem a little rich that he wants us to believe that he has matured very quickly after the FGR antics.

On the field he does seem calmer, however how will he do when he is targeted?

I hope he does become a key player, but only time will tell with regards to his maturity and attitude.

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