Peterborough United play-maker Adil Nabi is delighted his shackles have been removed.
Thee 22 year-old was largely ignored following his January move from Premier League side West Brom by previous manager Graham Westley. He started just two games for the man who signed him.
But caretaker-boss Grant McCann gave Nabi the freedom of the New Meadow at Shrewsbury on Saturday (April 30) and responded with three goal assists in the dramatic 4-3 win.
Nabi said: “The shackles were off. Grant just told me to go and enjoy myself and do what I do best which is getting forward, and creating and scoring goals. That’s what I love doing and to help create all three goals in my time on the pitch was a great feeling.
“I will play in a deeper position if required, but my strength is going forward. I had the freedom to do that and I was pleased with my performance.
“No player is happy when they are not in the tdeam, but I knuckled down in training and waited for my chance.
“The club is a big part of my life now. I’ve moved down here and i want to be part of a successful team. I’m very comfortable at the club, we’re all friends here and that showed when Shrewsbury hit back from 3-0 down to 3-3. We were still able to go again and grab a winning goal because we are a strong bunch with a lot of character.
“I’m excited for next season already. We will be entertaining and we will score lots of goals. We are not happy to win 3-0, we want to go and score a fourth and fifth goal.”
And Nabi has added his voice to those supporting McCann to become the next permanent Posh manager.
“The players are 100 per cent behind Grant,” Nabi added. “It wasn’t long ago that Grant was a player sow he knows how to treat us. Training was fantastic and fun last week. We were all smiling and it’s a big thing for Grant that we all enjoy our football.
“Grant knows the club so well as well, so if he takes over that’s great, but the players will be 100 per cent behind whoever takes over.”