Although the 29-year-old had been a popular player among Derby fans in his four years at the club, the decision was made by the management not to active the one-year option in his contract and allow him to leave on a free.
The rumours over him agreeing a deal with Dougie Freedman’s side have been around since late-May, as reported by the Nottingham Post. However, the former Sheffield United winger was pictured with a Forest shirt for the first time on Thursday.
We take a look at the reaction of supporters from both sides over what can be classed as one of the more controversial transfer deals of the window so far.
@Official_NFFC a 4 year deal is a bit of a joke— Samuel James Rowley (@samuelgdrowley) July 2, 2015
@Official_NFFC good luck Jamie looking to have a great side this season. Come on you reds— Mark (@markster1971) July 2, 2015
Still can't believe forest have gone and signed Jamie ward, poor decision— Cal (@callen_blockley) July 2, 2015
Good luck to Jamie ward , you've been great for the Rams over the last few years! Terrible club to go to though !— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) July 2, 2015
Have no animosity towards Jamie ward did well and gave his all for us florest financially good move for him thats the end of that! #dcfcfans— Johnnymacdcfc (@johnnymacDCFC) July 2, 2015
I imagine Jamie Ward will say anything to get in the Forest fans good books! Especially after the stuff he has pulled against them. #dcfc— Karl Cook (@CookieDCFC93) July 2, 2015
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Will Jamie Ward be a good signing for Nottingham Forest?
The length of the 29-year-old’s contract may well have come under scrutiny, largely due to his injury problems, but he should prove to be a solid signing for the Reds.
He is a tenacious winger that will continually attempt to create and score goals for his side and gives nothing less than 100% every time he steps out onto the pitch.
On the flip side, he does have a tendency to be selfish and wasteful on the ball and has really struggled for form since his return from his last injury in January 2015.
He will need a big pre-season under his belt in order to hit the ground running, but Freedman will no doubt ensure he has all the tools required to become a success at the City Ground over the course of his four-year deal.