Since teaming up with former teammate Kevin Nolan, Shola Ameobi has been a key part of a dramatic transformation at Notts County.

When Nolan took over as Manager, Notts County had only 22 points from 25 matches and were hot favourites to drop out of League Two.

However, since then, the other Magpies have won 9 drawn 3 and lost only four, picking up 30 points in 16 games which is promotion form over a season.

Shola Ameobi joined as a free agent in February and says he came in and managed to ‘feel at home straight away’.

With four goals in nine starts (plus four as sub), Shola has already matched his best ever league tally since 2010/11 when he scored six in the Premier league for Newcastle.

Yes it is League Two now but Shola Ameobi is hoping for another contract despite being set to turn 36 in October.

The former Newcastle forward declaring ‘As long as my body allows it’ he’s hoping to get an extended stay by the Trent.

A major part of his decision is because he can ‘hear the love from the fans’.

Shola Ameobi talking to the Nottingham Post:

“I’m loving every minute of it and the big thing for me is that I’ve been able to come in and feel at home straight away.

“I can hear the love from the fans and it means a lot, not just for me but for the team, because they are really behind us.

“It makes me feel that this is the place I am supposed to be.

“So as long as my body allows it, then it’s something I’m hoping that (a new contract) can happen.”

  • Geordiegiants

    Don’t know how he played in the premier league for so long. I know he is a Geordie and will be remembered fondly for battering the Scum, but still never up to standard.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      his technical ability was good he just had no pace

      • Jezza

        As well as the ability to trap a ball further than most players can kick it.

    • Burt Humperdink

      He had his moments and scored some nice goals. He actually looked like a prospect early on in his career but I suspect the hip injury took half a yard off his pace.

      He looked the part in the championship and had he dropped down at that time probably would have been a decent championship striker for a few years.

    • Jezza

      He was never good enough. Apart from the odd match winning flash of brilliance once or twice a season he was more of a liability than an asset. He never even did that well against Sunderland either. His Mackem Slayer tag is something of an urban myth. I think he scored 6 or 7 goals against them but those goals all came in 4 or 5 matches. He failed to score in something like 10 or 11 other games against Sunderland. Nice guy and one of our own but very lucky to have had such a long career with Newcastle.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    get your Sammy on the blower for next season

  • Rich Lawson

    Nice bloke,hope he gets another year,does anyone know if Nolan is playing for them ? He is registered as a player,be interested to know how he does these days ?