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Barton reveals Forest rejection

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 14/09/03 2:59pm

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MANCHESTER CITY midfielder Joey Barton has revealed he was rejected as a youngster at Nottingham Forest.

The youngster, who earned his second England Under-21 cap and scored in the 2-1 defeat to Portugal's Under-21s, was told he was not good enough.

Barton's recent rise to prominence at City has prompted the Premiership outfit to offer him a lucrative new two-year contract.

Despite the blow of not making it at the City Ground, some words of advice from his mother helped him recover from the disappointment.

"Forest regarded me as too small and that I wasn't good enough," explained Barton. "I didn't see that.

"The rejection hurt a lot, but my mum said to me 'Don't let anyone bring you down'.

"So I got my head down; I just wouldn't give up."

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