Gary Brazil: This approach to transfers defines Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest youth coach Gary Brazil has given his thoughts over how the club handles their younger players.

Nottingham Forest academy chief Gary Brazil has told the club’s website that he feels it’s important that the club keeps their best young players for as long as possible.

Brazil suggested that Forest won’t let their best youngsters move on to new adventures until everyone connected to the club is in agreement that it’s the right move for the player.

He’s also revealed his hope that it will be a while before big Premier League sides start looking at teenager Olly Burke, who has only just signed a new long term contract with the football club.

“Boys who have come through the academy are now going through to the first-team squad. Making sure we keep them at the football club is what we’re about. We don’t want boys to leave until it’s the right time for everybody,” Brazil told

“Hopefully that’s a long time away for people like Oliver, who I believe will make a real push to get into the first team this year and give Dougie real problems when it comes to selection.”


If Forest take a hard line approach over their best younger players, it improves the chances there will be continuity in terms of team selection for a long time.

If the manager is able to continuously select the same players in key positions, it improve the understanding between them and they read how they are each going to play.

Team spirit

If Forest keep the younger players in place then it also means that they will grow up together and head into the challenge of representing the first team together.

That creates the idea that they will bond more effectively, developing friendships, which the first team can benefit from with players putting in that little bit more for each other in big games.

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