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24th Feb 17
The Big Interview: Nortei Nortey
*Making his mark at The Moors*
A graduate of the famed Chelsea Academy, Nortei Nortey is continuing his football education with Solihull Moors under the tutelage of manager Liam McDonald.

And West Londoner Nortey is looking to pass a thorough examination with flying colours against his old club Wrexham at The Automated Technology Group Stadium this Saturday.

The utility man signed for The Moors in December after a six-month stint in North Wales.

I didnt get much game time there, which is a shame because its such a great club, he said. For whatever reason it did not work out but Im looking forward to coming up against some of my old teammates, especially Curtis Tilt. Im sure he will be looking to put a challenge in on me early in the game.

The athletic 22-year-old is enjoying his new surroundings and is keen to extend his stay beyond the current season as the Moors look to build on a solid first year in the Vanarama National League.

Its been a good move, he said. I have settled in really quickly and formed some strong relationships with the boys in the squad.

If the opportunity comes up Im sure I would like to stay, its a good place to play and quite a few of the squad are young and want to push on.

Nortey learned his trade during almost five years with Chelsea where he played alongside the elite of English football. His fledgling career was stalled by three long-term injuries and he was released by the club by the time he was 19.

It was a great place to be at and of the best environments to learn as a kid the right way to play and also grow as a person with the right attitude and mentality on and off the pitch.

A few injuries held me back and things may have turned out differently otherwise. I certainly got a lot stronger mentally during that time.

While at Stamford Bridge as a member of the class of the 2012 FA Youth Cup winners, Nortey can count the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathan Ake and John Swift amongst his alumni. And he has been reunited with another Chelsea old boy Dapo Afolayan who recently signed for The Moors from Loughborough University.

There were some unbelievable names in that team who are now playing at a really high level, Nortey said. Dapo was also at the Academy at the same time and its

great that he is back in full time football and we are playing together in the same team again.

Nortey is quickly earning a reputation for being a versatile player and is happy to be the man that Moors can rely on to fulfil different roles on the pitch.

He said: I prefer to play in central midfield but I am comfortable in a number of positions. I am predominantly right-footed but can play anywhere really.

It is this type of professional attitude instilled during his time in the ranks of the four time Premier League winners which is now benefiting Solihull. Nortey is certainly making the grade at The Moors.
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