Mills took the chance to play for Dougie Freedman next season and he’s suggested that there is an air of familiarity around the current squad, which has helped him to feel more comfortable about his new surroundings and the dressing room.
“I played with Dexter (Blackstock) at Southampton, Michail Antonio at Reading – You get to this stage in your career where you’ve played against these guys quite a bit before and it’s just nice to walk into a dressing room and feel comfortable,” he told Forest Player.
Instant partnerships and connections
The main advantage of Mills having already played with a number of the Nottingham Forest squad, is that he already has relationships with the players in question.
He has teammates he can turn to and get some advice from, reducing the idea that he’ll need a lengthy settling in period at the football club.
While he does have some previous experience of having played under Dougie Freedman (from his time at Bolton), they can also help in terms of giving him an idea of the sort of style to expect from the Scot at the City Ground.
The comfort he feels also creates a positive knock on effect for the player in terms of his mentality.
Any player who feels comfortable at a football club is more likely to buckle down and produce his best form straight away, which is significant considering the importance for Forest to get off to a good start when the Championship returns in a month.