Our very own Trevor Knell (TK) recently conducted an interview with Forest Green’s German-born striker Omar Bugiel (OB). Here it is on O-Posts. Enjoy.
TK: How are you adjusting to life as a Football League player?
OB: Really good, I’ve done my first pre-season with a professional side to prepare for the Football League. It took me a while to settle in but with experienced players around you, you will find things much easier to deal with.
TK: Have you found much difference between League Two and the National League?
OB: A step up a league is always going to be harder! You won’t get as much time on the ball as you play against better teams.
TK: You were part of a successful Worthing side for a few years, how difficult was it to leave despite it being a very good move for your career?
OB: It was a difficult situation that time as we were doing well after promotion into the Ryman Premier League. I spent 3 years at Worthing and will always remember my time there. Personally, I wanted to earn a move higher up that season to achieve my goal to become a Football League player, but without Worthing I wouldn’t be the player I am today.
TK: Do you still look out for their result and follow how they’re doing?
OB: Yes I do, I’m still in touch with most of the players and especially Adam Hinshelwood who signed me for Selsey and Worthing.
TK: Being in the Football League has brought you international recognition, has that take things beyond your wildest dreams?
OB: It was something I hadn’t expected, even after my move to Forest Green, travelling to Malaysia straight after the National League play off final at Wembley and it’s been a great experience so far. It’s another new challenge I’m looking forward to.
TK: So far, this season hasn’t panned out how most expected it to, but is there a succession of wins waiting to be unleashed?
OB: That’s right, we knew it was going to be tough in League 2, but the players we have and the way we play results will come eventually, we just have to keep doing our thing.
TK: Is the next step to nail down a regular starting spot?
OB: Every player wants to play week in, week out, but it’s a squad game. So my aim is to play well when I’m starting or to make an impact if I come off the bench.
TK: How have you settled in living in Gloucestershire, a fair distance from West Sussex?
OB: It’s a 2 hour drive from Worthing so I’m trying to go back once a month to catch up with all my mates. It’s always good to see them as you can switch off from football and do something different for a change.
TK: Given how small a village Nailsworth is, is it possible for Forest Green to compete with bigger clubs and establish themselves as a Football League club?
OB: It’s the first time in the club’s history to be involved in the Football League and as players we have proved occasionally we can play the bigger teams and even dominate them with the football we play.
TK: Finally, what’s the best advice you could give to aspiring academy players?
OB: With hard work you can achieve anything, just need to surrender yourself with the right crowd work towards your goal, hard work will always pay off.
Written by Trevor Knell
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