Nottingham Forest: Season Preview

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It’s almost that time again, the time all football fans love… and it is only one week away! The football season is nearly back, and it’s not long before the Championship season gets underway for the start of the 2014-2015 season.

We’ve been spoilt for sport this summer, with the World Cup starting soon after our football season ended, Wimbledon and then the Commonwealth games followed, but now we’re nearly back, so here is my Nottingham Forest season preview.

It was a turbulent end to last year’s campaign. It looked so good until the final few months of the season came round, but we need to put that to the back of our minds now and build on it.

Gary Brazil not only restored a bit of pride for The Reds, but actually unearthed a potential hidden gem in Ben Osborn.

Cream of the Crop: Osborn
Cream of the Crop: Osborn

The youngster didn’t look a foot out of place in the first team fixtures he played in, and now that Forest legend Stuart Pearce is in charge, more gems are finding their way towards the surface. Players such as Tyler Walker, Jorge Grant and Jack Blake could be on the fringes of a first team place one day soon, after they have been given a chance in friendlies, as well as new signing Roger Riera from Barcelona- which bodes well for the future.

Since being installed as Nottingham Forest manager, Pearce has made his mark on the side, signing a few defenders following an injury crisis, meaning that we have strength in depth for positions at the back. He has also made two signings upfront, with Matty Fryatt- a known goal scorer at this level- and young towering Dutchman Lars Veldwijk, as well as bringing in winger Chris Burke.

There is still time for more additions before the start of the season, but Forest are already starting to look like a complete squad and maybe with a couple more signings in certain areas, we will have strength in depth as well as quality in all positions.

Being a Forest fan there is always a buzz of expectation at the start of each season, but to me this season feels completely different. There is an air of excitement like usual, but with Pearce at the helm the feeling is amplified. With a man who knows Forest so well in and out, in charge, it makes supporters feel safe and at ease, we have definitely got the right man to take us forward.

Captain Fantastic: Andy Reid
Captain Fantastic: Andy Reid

Of course this is all before they have kicked a ball in the new campaign, but at least it is so far so good. Results in pre-season haven’t gone totally the way any Forest supporter would have liked, but pre-season is for fitness and tactics rather than results.

There are, as always, a lot of strong teams in The Championship that will be fighting it out at the top end of the table, and Forest have the potential to be one of those teams. It may take a few games into the season for Forest to fully gel together, but once that happens and once our injury list has eased, The Reds can be one of the teams to look out for this year.

The day is getting closer, and I can’t wait to be there to see Stuart Pearce walk down the tunnel onto the pitch and hear the roar from the Forest faithful as he takes control of his first competitive Forest match since becoming our new manager.

The new season is coming… It’s game time!

Jamie Griffiths

@jamiegriffo8

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