Mills has explained that he feels he knows exactly what he’s getting himself into with a move to the City Ground, as he links up with Dougie Freedman, who he played under when the pair were together at Bolton.
“There are a lot of things really. I think this is definitely the biggest club that I’ve played for. The history of the club, the size of the club – I know what the atmosphere is like here and it’s an incredible place to play and to call it my home ground will be fantastic,” he told Forest Player.
The pressure is going to be huge
With a big club comes big expectations and there is going to be real pressure on Mills any time he’s used by Freedman.
Forest fans are an honest bunch and will praise when it’s deserved and criticise when it’s warranted so Mills needs to be ready for scrutiny like he’s never experienced before during his career.
What will help is the fact he does have plenty of Championship experience. He knows the division, he knows the difficulties of the division and that should ultimately help him to have an instant impact with his new employers.
Mills has a responsibility to adhere to the values that Forest fans expect from any player, because that’s vital in terms of ensuring that the atmosphere he mentions is maintained from one game to the next.
Forest aren’t in the same position as some of their rivals for promotion. They can’t spend masses of cash to improve their squad and need to make the most of the small advantages, which can work in their favour.