Gilligan feels that it’s important for any youngster representing the club at any level, to understand the history and what it means to play for the Forest shirt.
“It’s about developing and in that we have to add the winning mentality. We need the boys to understand the club they’re playing for, the badge that they wear and the enormity of what this club represents,” he said.
If the importance of Forest as a club can be drilled into the younger players from the earliest stage, the commitment and passion levels should go through the roof.
It will put an extra spring into the step of any younger player and should make them more appreciative once they get into a position where they feature for the first team.
It will also make them understand the various periods of prosperity and adversity the club has been through in the past, which shapes the mentality of many fans from different backgrounds.
First team manager Dougie Freedman has been very open over the fact that any player at the club will not represent his team if they don’t show the passion and commitment levels that Forest fans expect from any player.
Therefore, that understanding of embracing everything the Nottingham Forest badge represents is important for their immediate and long term careers.