Forest youth coach comments on Freedman's approach to academy

Nottingham Forest's Jimmy Gilligan says that Dougie Freedman has been in regular contact with members of the club's academy set-up.

Nottingham Forest youth team coach Jimmy Gilligan has suggested to the club's official site that Dougie Freedman has had a positive impact since taking charge at the club. 

Gilligan suggests that Freedman is in regular contact with him and fellow Under-21 coach Jake Wigley, and he says that the Scot listens to their advice.

“The gaffer has been fantastic by asking me and Jake to help out on matchdays and he listens to us. I’ve learnt a lot from him and Lennie Lawrence.

“That’s really important because as a coach, even my age, I still believe I’ve got a lot to learn and it’s nice to be in that environment.”

Forest have already seen the benefit of Freedman's arrival in a number of ways, and it is no surprise that the club's youth team coaches have taken to him. 

Freedman has already given Tyler Walker and Oliver Burke their first-team debuts, whilst he has also kept faith in Ben Osborn during his time in charge so far.

It suggests that the Reds boss has a desire to bring through players from the club's academy and that will be important for the future.

Forest are under a transfer embargo, meaning they are restricted regarding who they can bring in this summer, and if they can find solutions to current problems from within their youth team squad then that will be a major benefit.

The Reds will be hoping to mount a successful promotion challenge next season and it will be important that Forest's youngsters make the step up well, as expectations at the City Ground are high. 

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