Nottingham Forest fans should be delighted with the news defender Danny Collins has been brought into a new-look squad.
The centre-half, who can also play at full-back, signed from Stoke City this week after it came apparent he was not part of Tony Pulis’ plans.
With Forest, who hope to win promotion and be back amongst the Betfair Premier League tips in the near future, now under new mega-rich ownership in the form of Kuwait’s Al Hasawi family, fans could have been fantasising over big-money signings flooding into the club.
Collins is hardly a name that will send shirt sales through the roof, but his acquisition is a promising insight into how Forest will stage their push for promotion.
For while Collins isn’t a mega star, he in nevertheless just what Forest need.
Rather than drafting in an expensive overseas player with no real understanding of English football, Forest have bought a man with bags of domestic experience.
Down the pecking order at Stoke, he was loaned out for the majority of last season to Championship clubs Ipswich and West Ham.
He helped the Hammers gain promotion to the Premier League, and scored a crucial last minute equaliser against Leeds at Upton Park in March.
Collins is simply a solid, experienced defender who can steady what is soon to be a rocking ship at the City Ground.
For with new owners comes new expectations, and the Forest players brought in must get used to these straight away.
In Collins, manager Steve Cotterill has a trusted centre-half who can fit immediately into the first XI.
He did so to good success at West Ham, and Cotterill will be hoping those promotion experiences will be harnessed throughout a long season ahead for the Nottingham club.
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