Forest will finish this season well outside the top six, due to two poor runs of form; one under old manager Stuart Pearce and one towards the end of the season under Freedman.
However, the boss is optimistic and has suggested with the right tweaking, the squad could be in good shape to contend for promotion next year.
“I don’t think we’re too far away from being a top six side. There’s not too much in these games. Hopefully I can find players in the summer who are calmer in front of goal and shrewder defensively with balls into our box. These players are fantastic, they just need a little bit of help,” said the Scot.
Freedman has always maintained that he will be open and honest with Forest fans over how he sees things and there is no harm in supporters dreaming of a strong challenge next year because the club has plenty going for it.
The size of the club and the support base means they are well suited to dealing with the challenges, which will be thrown up in relation to a long season pushing for the Premier League.
The Achilles heel is the transfer embargo, which is going to make improving the squad difficult.
Forest can’t throw money at transfers and need to be more subtle in the way they go about their business, but Freedman is a realistic boss and will at least work hard to try and improve his options, as fans prepare for a long three months without any competitive games to watch.