Ross McCormack admits he is glad to be away from Aston Villa after sealing a Deadline Day move to Nottingham Forest.
Among McCormack’s troubles at Villa was a recent issue when he failed to make it in for training, blaming problems with his electric gates at home, and there was no surprise when that story came up in his first press conference as a Forest player on Thursday.
Asked about the event now known as ‘Gate-Gate’, the Scotland international said: “It’s a true story, honestly. Listen, I’m not a kid, I know how it sounds. But there were factors to it.
“At Villa, if you had a problem, you phone the doctor in the morning. So I called the doctor about 10 to 15 minutes before I would normally leave to warn him I might be running a bit late.
“It was never anything from me saying i wasn’t coming into training. Just that I was going to be a bit late until I got the gate fixed.
“I was supposed to go in to training, but by the time the guy had come in and fixed the gate, it was about 4pm. I rang the club and told them I could now get in, but they said don’t bother – we’ll see you tomorrow.”