Mills has also suggested that it’s an advantage for him that he knows Dougie Freedman from when the pair worked together at Bolton, which he feels is also an advantage for the Scot as he looks to assemble his side for next season.
“I think it’s a good thing for me when you’ve worked with a manager before and you know the way he works – I’m looking forward to it, it’s a fantastic challenge for me and ultimately promotion is at the forefront of my mind and something I know is at the forefront of Nottingham Forest’s mind,” he told Forest Player.
Some of the hard work already done
The fact that Mills and Freedman have already worked together before reduces the notion and need for a settling in period.
The manager knows the player and the player knows the sort of style the boss is going to expect, which should allow him to instantly adjust to life at a new club.
It would be different if both parties needed to do more hard work in terms of getting to know each other and adapting to new ideas, which would take up time ahead of the Championship action returning in a month.
Is promotion a realistic aim for Nottingham Forest?
There’s no reason Forest can’t be in the group of sides competing for a place in the top six next year.
They’ll need a little bit of luck on their side because they can’t afford to throw cash at improving the squad for the rest of the summer, but Freedman has create a good environment for all of his players to thrive and prosper.
If Forest can get off to a good start, it will be interesting to see if they can then maintain their challenge.