He’s been with big clubs like Sheffield Wednesday – but Livingston’s Ayo Obileye says he’s had to take ‘the long way round’ to reach Scottish Premiership level.

The defensive midfielder earned a move to Livingston this summer after nine goals from defensive midfield for Queen of the South in the Championship last season. Obileye is a Sheffield Wednesday academy graduate but had to drop to non-league level in order to reach full-time football again, following his exit from the Hillsborough club.

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Dropped to non-league after his Sheffield Wednesday stint. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

He’s determined to make his opportunity at Livingston count after the move from Dumfries: “It’s been great.  I can’t wait to have our fans back when we are hopefully playing well. The step up hasn’t been too different for me. I have been down at Sheffield Wednesday training in the Championship.

“But the standard is good. It is high. I have got to keep myself at the top of the game. I played for big clubs when I was younger and I have gone the long way round to get back to a high level. I want to be playing at the highest level.

 

“I am grateful to be here and I will give my all to show I have the ability to be here.”

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