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Nabi: I'll return to Albion a different man

16 November 2015

Albion man has enjoyed time in India

ADIL Nabi will return to Albion next month a changed footballer - and a different man.

Albion's 21-year-old striker continued his Indian adventure with Delhi Dynamos on Saturday stepping off the bench to play a game-changing role in a 1-1 draw against Atletico de Kolcata.

The result keeps the loaned striker and Delhi on course for the championship play-offs which finish with a December 20 final in Goa.

The Albion man will head back to his mother club after that convinced that the experience has enriched him as a player and a human being.

"I'm so pleased I took this opportunity because I can honestly say it has been fantastic," he says.

"It was frustrating to begin with because I had some visa difficulties which delayed my arrival in India and interrupted my preparations with the team.

"But the game time is coming now and I feel I am doing well and making an impact. We will see what the closing weeks will bring.

"If I am honest, the club and in fact the whole League have been a surprise in a good way. The standard is higher than I imagined it would be and the big names are here not just for a pay day - there is a deadly serious desire to win the championship especially with the Dynamos.

"That was made clear from the moment I arrived. We want the title and anything else will be a disappointment.

"I don't know what will come next but I feel the Adil Nabi who returns to Albion will be a different footballer and a different man."

A four-man delegation from Albion, led by Director of Football Administration Richard Garlick, was in Delhi over the weekend to check on Adil's progress and continue talks with Dynamos officials about strengthening ties between the two clubs. They also visited the grass roots programme Albion have been supporting for nearly two years and will report back at board level on their return.

Nabi, however, has no doubts that the booming Indian Super League is one of the game's emerging markets.

"The preparation for games, the training, the support for the players...it's all been superb," he added from his temporary home in a five star luxury hotel the Dynamos use as their base.

"The training under Roberto Carlos has been a great influence too. It's good to hear different ideas and methods. 

"I'm in the final year of my contract and the future is undecided. What I am still hoping for most of all though is a first-team chance. That's what I will be fighting for when I return."


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