However the Dutchman has recently been the first choice custodian for Stuart Pearce and he has now been discussing his recent form. He told the official Nottingham Forest website that he was happy to be keeping sticks, ahead of last year's number one Karl Darlow:
“I’m starting to pick up my rhythm now. Especially for a goalkeeper, you’ve got to try and find your rhythm.
“You can only do that by playing games. You can train as long and as much as you want to but you need that game sensation, adrenaline and focus.
“It feels good to be in the team. I just hope I stay there.”
The former Swansea City and Wolves goalkeeper has taken over from Darlow in the New Year. Darlow has not played for Forest since the 28th December home defeat against Birmingham City, while De Vries has been in goal for the last four games.
Last season Darlow earned rave reviews for his performances at Forest. So impressed were Newcastle United that they snapped him up, loaning him back to the City Ground until the end of the 2014-15 season.
But Newcastle would not have been impressed by his form this campaign. On paper it is easy to see why Darlow was dropped. Something had to change at Forest after they lost the two last games of Darlow's reign, conceding three goals in each tie.
In fairness to Darlow, De Vries has not faired much better. No clean sheet and just the one win, although he did perform well in that game - the East Midlands derby triumph over Derby County.
But while De Vries continues to smile about being number one, Newcastle cannot be pleased with the current situation of their loaned out Forest stopper. Time will tell if he can get his place in the team back and rediscover some of his old form.