Former Nigerian international, Shola Ameobi, is happy to offer guidance to Notts County’s next generation of stars, admitting they are already seeking his advice about their careers.
The vastly experienced striker has become a popular member in the Magpies’ dressing room after signing for the club in January.
The 35-year-old has played for Newcastle United in the Premier League for the majority of his career which has seen him play in the Champions League while also represent Nigeria in the World Cup.
“It (offering advice) is something I have always done throughout my career, and something the managers I have played under have instilled in me to try and do because I do it naturally,” he said.
“Obviously on the pitch it’s great, but off the pitch we can discuss different things which happened in the game and how you deal with it.
“I find the young players are coming to me which is a great thing as a senior player to know they want to learn and that’s the most important thing.
“From what I have seen, the lads who have come in and those already here really want to take on board what the manager is trying to implement and I think you can see that in the results and the performances.”
Ameobi has also become a firm favourite with the fans since his arrival on a free transfer and he is relishing his time at Meadow Lane.
“Coming in and helping the team has brought that buzz back and winning helps too,” he added.
“It brings confidence but for me it’s all about being in the dressing room having an influence and helping the team achieve what we want to achieve.
“I know I haven’t got long left in terms of playing but it’s about enjoying what I’m doing and I’m grateful for the opportunity given to me by the manager because I’m loving every minute of it.”