Dougie Freedman on he wants at Nottingham Forest next season

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman seems to be planning ahead to next season.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told BBC Radio Nottingham that next season he wants to work with players who are hungry for success.

The Scot has highlighted the importance of building a team around young players, and has pointed out that unlike in previous years, this summer the Championship outfit will not be able to spend money due to a transfer embargo.

“I have got a strategy and I have got a plan,” the 40-year-old told BBC Radio Nottingham. “It’s about building a club, it’s about building young players, it’s about acquiring loans and keeping more experienced players hungry to compete with the younger ones, and that is what I am trying to do…

“The money has been spent here (in the past) and it did not work, but it is not going to happen anymore. It will be a case of building, building a club with players who want to be here and who are hungry.”

Forest have a number of talented young players in their squad, such as Tyler Walker, Ben Osborn, Jorge Grant and Dimitar Evtimov.

The Reds will hope tobe challenging for a top-six finish in the Championship next season, and playing with only inexperienced and young players is not going to help them do that.

What the Nottingham-based outfit need for next season is a squad which has the right balance between youngsters and experienced players.

That is what Freedman is trying to achieve, although it is easier said than that. After all, one cannot say for sure what will happen in the summer transfer window.

What Freedman needs to do is talk to each player individually and judge how “hungry” they are to help Forest return to the Premier League.

It is not going to be easy for the Reds, and the players who are committed to the cause are the ones who should be part of the squad for next season.

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