Hobbs is fighting his way back from injury, but he feels the competition for places in the defence and across the squad means it could be difficult for him to get back into the first team quickly.
“It’s nice to be looking up the table instead of down. We go into every game confident we’re going to win. That’s a great feeling to have and a habit you want to form. It creates a nice buzz about the place,” said Hobbs.
“There’s great competition for places in the centre back position alone. It’s going to be difficult to get my place back, but to see the lads doing well is fantastic.”
Freedman appears to have given the side belief and confidence, which was lacking towards the end of Stuart Pearce’s reign at the club.
Hobbs’ comments on squad competition show how careful Forest’s stars need to be that they make the most of their opportunities when they get them, because they could just as quickly be back out of the side.
Forest and Freedman benefit because the competition between players means a higher quality level in all key areas of the side.
While it’s positive for Forest that Hobbs is fighting his way back, he has a lot of work to do to get back into the first team and to get the recognition from the manager that he can be an important player for the rest of the season.