New signing Luke Freeman was “delighted” that Nottingham Forest has revived his interest in him this summer.
The attacker was on Sabri Lamouchi’s wanted list in January, just to prevent a move.
Lamouchi remained very interested, however, and Freeman got pen on paper Friday – joining a seasonal loan from Sheffield United, with the option of a permanent move beyond that.
He’s one of five new faces on the city grounds, though there’s little time to settle in before the 2020-21 campaign begins.
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The repercussions of the coronavirus crisis have resulted in a brief preseason, but Freeman is confident that this Forest roster can quickly find success if they go for a promotion fee.
“I don’t think it’s important that it be a short preseason,” said the 28-year-old.
“The guys and the staff were all very friendly, so it shouldn’t take long for them to settle in.
“And then I can concentrate on the most important thing, which is winning games.
“It’s nice when a few new players start together.
“I’m just looking forward to getting to know all the guys.
“I am overjoyed to have signed.
“Of course there was a little interest in January, but unfortunately it seemed to fail.
“I was very happy about the interest this summer.”
Capable of playing as a winger or attacking midfielder, Freeman says he’ll be happy with whatever Lamouchi thinks is his best position.
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After battling the blades for regular time last season and playing 16 games, he’s just excited to get started.
“I think it’s probably up to the gaffer to decide where I’m best,” said the former QPR man.
“I’ll have a chat with him to see where he thinks I’m best suited.
“But I’ll try to have a positive game and hopefully get some goals and assists.
“I feel good, fit and strong.
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“I look forward to getting a few minutes under my belt.”
Its debut will likely take place with no Reds fans on the occasion. The games continue to take place behind closed doors – at least at the beginning of the season.
Freeman played twice for United after the Premier League restart. So he knows what it’s like to come onto the field without spectators in the stadium.
“It takes a while to get used to not having fans there, but I think everyone knows how it is now,” he said.
“We definitely want the fans to be in the stadium as quickly as possible because sometimes they can be the 12th man.
“We’ll definitely need them this year. Hopefully they can get into the ground sooner rather than later. “