Freedman suggested that Forest is a great place for any player to focus on playing football, but stressed that he won’t go after players for the sake of doing so.
“Nottingham Forest is a wonderful place to come and play football. It’s a wonderful city, with a good football club that plays well,” said the Scot.
“I’ve also got to find those ingredients that a player wants that hunger and desire to play for the football club and to put that into the pot as well because I think that’s what’s needed – These are the key factors in my recruitment.”
Freedman is going to have to work very hard over the course of the summer because the club is in a difficult position.
The transfer embargo means big fees are not something Forest can pay and that places pressure on the boss to persuade targets this his club is the right place for them to be.
He did it with Chuba Akpom in the last loan transfer window and he’ll need to do it again, because the biggest clubs in the Premier League could open their doors for business in terms of sending younger players out on season longs loans.
If he gets it right then Forest can get off to a similar start to the one they enjoyed this season, but hopefully he can build a larger squad, which is more capable of coping and preventing the decline which developed under former manager Stuart Pearce.