Surridge’s drive could be key for Forest – The Athletic

Sam Surridge has a long quote tattooed on his forearm that speaks volumes about his character and, of course, his tolerance for pain. It reads: “Perseverance can turn failure into extraordinary success. To be successful, your desire for success must outweigh your fear of failure.

Those who have worked with him testify that it is a prospect that has been central to his progression from being a local boy working his way through Bournemouth academy to becoming a £2.2million addition to Nottingham Forest, as one of two new signings. the due date.

The striker has done everything possible to carve out a career in the game – and attitude has been just as important as ability for the 23-year-old, who has never been shy about taking the difficult route, on the way to where he is now.

Surridge cut his teeth during loan spells with Weymouth, Poole, Yeovil, Oldham and Swansea, before making the difficult decision to leave the club where he had played since the age of 14 to join Stoke in the search for regular first-team football.

Last summer, he was Michael O’Neill’s main target; the Stoke signing wanted to do more than any other. They were delighted to land Surridge ahead of several other clubs, including Forest.

Five months later, the fact that he is on the move again is indicative of a frustrating stint at the Potteries, where he never really found his feet. He scored two goals in six starts and 14 substitute appearances in the Championship before Stoke opted to recoup £2.2m of the £2.5m they paid for him in the window previous transfer on the day of the deadline.

But it says a lot that another manager, this time Steve Cooper, has made him one of his main targets, following the ankle injury suffered by another former Bournemouth player, Lewis Grabban, which should be out for six weeks.

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