Ben Hamer unconcerned by lack of pre-season action at Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Ben Hamer has played down the significance of him not having played a great deal of pre-season football.

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Ben Hamer told Forest Player that he’s unconcerned by not having played a lot of football in pre-season.

Hamer is one of the later signings to have linked up with the club on a loan move from Leicester City and he feels he’s had the platform to get ready for the new season, although he does admit that the intensity in training isn’t the same as on match days.

For now, all he can do is work hard in training to try and grab the attention of manager Dougie Freedman to force his way into the first team.

“You do need a bit of time to get your timings right for crosses and through balls, those sorts of things, but we do plenty of that in training anyway – We play match situations so you get those things out of it, but it’s not the same as you’d get on match days,” he told Forest Player.

Who will start in goal against Brighton?

It would be a surprise if Hamer beats Dorus de Vries to the number one spot at the club.

De Vries has the greater experience in terms of this current crop of Forest players and he already has a very good relationship with the club’s defence.

That effectively puts him one step ahead of Hamer in terms of the positives he creates and what he can offer to the Forest side moving forward.

All Hamer can think about is being ready to take full advantage when Freedman calls on him and gives him a chance, whether that’s in the Championship or one of the domestic cup competitions.

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