Nottingham Forest's new signing Jonathan Williams vows injury problems are behind him after playing just 12 games last season

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The Welsh international is hoping to push on and get back in form with Forest.

Nottingham Forest completed the signing of Crystal Palace midfielder Jonathan Williams yesterday, bringing the Welshman back into contact with Dougie Freedman – who gave him his debut aged 17 in a Palace shirt.

Recently, times have been tough for Williams. The 21-year-old has had to battle through some serious injury problems.

In 2011 he broke his leg playing for the Welsh Under-21 side and he has been battling several fitness issues ever since – including a groin problem picked up in April.

But Williams has told BBC Nottingham Sport that he is currently feeling strong and hopes his injury problems are behind him. He told the BBC, via their official Facebook page:

“I’m feeling good. I have spent a lot of time since April in the gym. No running, just trying to get strong, take a step back and try to get rid of all these injury issues.

“I’m feeling strong now, it is just the fitness side of things. Getting that first blow and getting that out of the way and I’ll be flying again hopefully.

“It has been a tough two years. Ever since we [Crystal Palace] got promoted it has been very stop-start for me and I haven’t really been able to secure myself in the Palace team as of yet.

“It has been a frustrating period for me. I feel stronger now, physically and mentally by coming through that.”

Williams is, of course, a player full of pedigree. He was a star in the Palace side as a teenager and even won caps for Wales - seven of them, to be precise.

However, in recent times his injuries, coupled with Palace’s Premier League promotion, has made life tough for Williams. He played just 12 games for club and country last season and will be hoping that his move to Nottingham Forest will give him the chance to get back on form, with Wales potentially on their way to the European Championships next summer.

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