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Omar Bogle - I wouldn't change the journey I've been on

Omar Bogle in training for Blues this week.
Omar Bogle in training for Blues this week.

I felt it was almost like my calling to come back and do what I set out to do in the first place.

Omar Bogle

Omar Bogle says it was always his ambition to return to Blues at some point in his career after he rejoined the Club on a season-long loan from Cardiff City earlier this week.

The 25-year-old striker was released by Blues as 17-year-old and was forced to drop down into non-league football before battling his way back up the leagues.

But the Sandwell-born player insists the experience has made him a better player both mentally and physically and that he relishes every day as a footballer.

"At some point in my career I always hoped that I'd come back here because it's a Club that I love," said Bogle.

"Now it's actually happened I'm buzzing, and I feel at home here.

"For whatever reason it never quite happened for me when I was here when I was younger.

"But I felt it was almost like my calling to come back and do what I set out to do in the first place.

"I had a few options but when Blues came in for me I couldn't turn it down.

"I'm excited to be back and being able to play at St. Andrew's for Blues."

Bogle admitted that being released by Blues as a teenager was hard, but apart from a brief moment he never doubted his ability to bounce back.

"It was hard to leave when I was here before, but I picked myself up and I was determined to work hard and get back to this level," he continued.

"I had a period where I thought about giving it (football) all up, but with my dad behind me that was never going to happen, and he was never going to let me do that.

"I soon bucked my ideas up and went onto another level in terms of how I was going to work hard to get back up the ladder and since then I’ve not looked back in terms of having any doubt in my mind.

"Going into non-league made me appreciate being a footballer.

"I knew I couldn't just be average because you have 100s of players in non-league that aspire to go on, so you have to be different in terms of how you're going to stand out from everyone else.

"I had to make sure I was quicker, fitter and stronger than all the other players.

"Playing in non-league, the Championship and League Two I've experienced a lot and have definitely come back a much better player and mentally stronger than when I was younger.

"But the route I've been on I wouldn't change any of it."

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