Festy Ebosele made the "day, month, year, life" of a young Derby fan this week.
Derby supporter Dave May got in touch with the Ireland U21 international requesting an autograph for his daughter Bella. Ebosele, her favourite player, went far beyond expectations in fulfilling that request.
Ebosele made Derby fan 'feel like a million dollars'
"This is why Derby have to survive," Dave May wrote on Twitter.
"So after a tough year for Bella I wanted to do something to make her smile.... Despite everything this last year she has a heart of gold and just keeps on going.
"Her favourite player at Derby is Festy Ebosele.... Well tonight he has made her day, month year, life. I contacted him to see if Bella could get an autograph.... But Festy being the top man he is decided he would travel to Mansfield to surprise her at football training. Her face when he turned up and said hello Bella was just the best.
"This guy is only 19 but he is the kindest person and made Bella feel like a million dollars. It also helped he has a dog and his girlfriend came along who was brilliant with her also.
"Lots of footballers get a bad name but Festy is one of the very best. He's Derby through and through and said he is not leaving.
"Thank you so much for making a little girls dream come true. Up The Rams."
Ebosele, who is from Enniscorthy, joined Derby from Bray Wanderers in the summer of 2018. He made his senior debut last season, and this season has become a first-team regular at the troubled Championship club, lining out in defence and in midfield. In recent days, the teenager has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga.
Festy Is a Legend. This is why Derby need to survive. pic.twitter.com/SdnTaA9hYg
— Dave May (@Dave080980) January 26, 2022
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