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INTERVIEW: Sama on signing for the Reds

The German defender signed a two-year deal at the Wham Stadium earlier today

4 September 2020

Accrington Stanley defender Stephen Sama admitted that he is very happy to have signed for the club and to be back playing his football in England.

The German defender signed a two-year deal earlier today and he explained that he already feels very at home at the club.

"I feel great, when I came here two weeks ago, the gaffer (John Coleman) and Jimmy (Bell) gave me the opportunity to be here.

"They've worked my fitness a little bit higher now that I feel so comfortable to sign here and I'm happy to be here, especially at a club like this with family and it feels great for me, I can't wait to get started.

"I'm just happy to be back, also in general back in England and especially around the area near Liverpool where I used to also play as a kid.

"I just feel the blood pressure that I had when I used to be in England and that this is my home and that's why I'm very happy to have signed for this club."

Cameroon-born Sama has featured in pre-season for the Reds and he stated that the bond between the players and the coaching staff was a key decision in him joining the club.

"The team have a good team spirit, the management between the players and the coaching staff is great and this is what I've been looking for.

"This gave me the feeling to say yes, this is your home, this is where I want to sign and this is where I want to be."

As well as wanting to do well for the team, the 27-year-old was keen to stress that he wants to ensure the team does everything they can for the other people around the club that do so much for them as players.

"At the end of the day, everybody is running behind the ball and everyone has to do their part of the job for success, and also for the people around the club that is doing everything that is possible for us to play every week.

"Maybe some players forget this but we also have to think about those people because at the end of the day, they do everything for us to stand and perform for them.

"For me I'm just happy to be here and hopefully with the experiences that I've been through, I can give the club something back and give them the trust that they gave me to be here."

Having spent five years with Liverpool earlier in his career, the former youth international admitted that he has missed the commitment and the passion that comes with football in this country.

"To be honest I've missed the football, I've missed the commitment and the passion.

"This is what I was hungry to have back and all these little things that I had in the past are what I have missed about this country, and about the football in this country.

"It's what I've just been missing and I was lucky that the gaffer (John Coleman), Jimmy (Bell), John (Doolan) and the coaching staff gave me the opportunity to be here."

The first four games of the 2020/21 season will be played behind closed doors, but Sama is hoping to be able to give something back to the fans who are having to watch from home.

"I just hope when they do return that we can give them something back to smile, because obviously watching your team from home and not being in the stadium is not what the fans are used to.

"As players we have to give the fans something back, because they are supporting us and we have to try to do our best to give them a good feeling at home."

The full first interview video with Stephen Sama is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!

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