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‘Last season was not a wasted year,’ says Obbi Oulare

Obbi Oulare does not feel he wasted a season of his career at Watford and is confident he still has a future at Vicarage Road.

Oulare, 20, joined his hometown club Waregem on a season long loan after being limited to just 50 minutes of senior football under Quique Sanchez Flores. Forty-five of those minutes came in the FA Cup third-round tie with Newcastle United. It was not the game time he expected after starting the season playing in a Champions League qualifier for Club Brugges against Manchester United.

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“Match play is important,” said Oulare in an interview with Voetbalprimeur.be. “Last season I did not play, but it certainly was not a lost year. I’ve seen a lot and have become more mature. I want to learn from my mistakes. For me this is not a step back. I would like to build up again. The coach, I already get a lot of confidence [from him]. There were other options, but Zulte Waregem was the best choice for my career.”

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Oulare signing a one-year contract extension before his return to Belgium was sealed. He will now lead the line for a club for whom his father scored 19 goals in 40 appearances.

“It’s nice to come home,” he said. “I was born in Waregem when my father played here. I don’t remember mucb, because I lived here only six months.”