Wycombe Wanderers forward Ali Al-Hamadi has revealed that he had several trials at other clubs before eventually signing for the Chairboys.

The 19-year-old is reported to have had trials at Bournemouth, Derby County and Nottingham Forest in the Championship.

And in order to keep his fitness up, he trained with Bristol Rovers in League Two and Stockport County before eventually signing for Wanderers.

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He said: “I went to a few clubs but I think everything happens for a reason and I have landed at a club that will give me opportunities that I’m craving.

“I’m very ambitious and I want to get into the first team as soon as possible.

“I think I thrive under pressure and I like having expectation and I think what is expected from me comes from me myself and not anyone else, but, it is nice to have a big following and I don’t the pressure or the expectation of it all.

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On his idols growing up, the Liverpudlian Iraqi added: “I loved Steven Gerrard as I used to play in midfield but then it changed as I used to watch players in my position, so players like Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski and I’d take little bits from their game.

“So I didn’t have one specific role model growing up.”