Both players have linked up with Forest ahead of the new season, as manager Dougie Freedman looks for his team to settle down and focus on the possibility of competing in and around the top six of the Championship.
It can sometimes be difficult for any new player coming into a squad to have a positive and immediate impact, but de Vries has explained that have been no issues with either new arrival.
“Yeah, both guys are doing really well, they have both settled in really well – Straight away when you talk to the guys, they’ve felt welcome,” he told Forest Player.
“They’re feeling really well and Millsy has started to pick up training with the team and Wardy has been training since the beginning – We do everything we can to make those guys feel welcome.”
A comfortable player means an effective player
Nottingham Forest don’t benefit from a situation where the boss can throw wads of cash around in the transfer market to improve the team.
He’s had to be more careful, with some subtle signings and it’s definitely a benefit that they have been made to feel comfortable very quickly.
They can train and play in pre-season friendly games with a spring in their step, which gives them a better chance of being effective when the competitive action gets underway all over again.
Freedman has to measure the entire squad
It’s important that the entire squad is feeling contented and happy ahead of the new season and not just two brand new arrivals.
The boss needs to make sure there is a real positive mentality, belief and confidence in the vision of the club because it’s going to be a very long and testing campaign.