Nottingham Forest 'keeper Dorus De Vries admits his recent 'frustrations'

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The Dutch goalkeeper has not played often since leaving Swansea City for Wolves four years ago.

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus De Vries has been talking to the South Wales Evening Post this week, about sitting on the bench as a goalkeeper.

The Dutchman, who is a former Swansea City player, was speaking about his move from Swansea to Wolves in 2011.

He struggled for first-team football at Wolves and has done so far at Forest as well. So he spoke about regretting his move from Swansea and how he feels sitting on the bench.

He stated:

"Unfortunately it didn't turn out to be the right choice. I regret that choice now [leaving Swansea] definitely.

"Of course I am not happy with the number of games I've played since I left Swansea — that's a frustration for me.

"There has been a lot of frustration in the last couple of years, especially with my choice for Wolves. That turned out to be a disappointment.

"It's really hard as a goalkeeper. If you are an outfield player, if you are out of the team you can come on as a substitute or there are injuries and suspensions and you get a chance pretty quickly.

"As a goalkeeper you don't get those opportunities.

"The thing is that I am still the same goalkeeper as I was at Swansea, but I just need my rhythm. People tend to forget that quickly.”

The Dutchman may have been hoping to be the regular number one stopper at Forest next term, with Karl Darlow heading to Newcastle United at the end of his loan spell from St James Park.

However he now has another threat.

Ben Hamer has arrived at the club on loan from Leicester City, where he was third-choice behind Kasper Schmeichel and Mark Schwarzer, in order to add depth to the goalkeeping position – but De Vries will now be concerned he will be spending next season on the bench once again.

The fact is De Vries is still a top keeper at this level. He needs playing time to get back to his best but if he does there is little doubt that he will be a stalwart in the Forest team.

However, if Hamer is given the nod, do not expect De Vries to be hanging around much longer.

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