Dougie Freedman's exciting message to fans about Forest's Under-21s

The Nottingham Forest boss isn't afraid to blood the youngsters.

Nottingham Forest head coach Dougie Freedman has delivered an exciting message to supporters about the club's Under-21s, according to the club's official website.

Forest's Under-21 side won the Premier League recently and Freedman has congratulated the club's 'fantastic' academy.

But the Nottingham Forest boss also feels the City Ground outfit have another distinct advantage where their young players are concerned: Freedman himself.

Indeed, the coach has proven he is unafraid to blood young players this season and says he involves 'two or three' Under-21 players in training everyday.

That should allow for plenty of opportunities for the club's younger players next season when the Championship side need to dig deep in terms of squad depth.

He said: “Our academy is working fantastically well. We are producing players and you’ve got a manager who has absolutely no problem putting them in when they’re ready.

“I involve two or three Under 21s in training every day but it’s nice for them to achieve something as a group, and to have the winning mentality coming into my group.”

Nottingham Forest travel to Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon, with Freedman looking forward to seeing how his side can compete against genuine promotion contenders.

After that, Forest host Cardiff City for the season finale to cap off another eventful campaign at the City Ground. It was far from the perfect season but there have been positives. And the club's youngsters have certainly been one of Nottingham Forest's biggest pluses.

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