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Felix Bastians discusses his time with Nottingham Forest

The German was with the club as a youngster but never quite made the grade.

Not all Nottingham Forest fans will remember former player Felix Bastians. In 2003, as a boy of just 16, the German decided to up sticks and move to Forest from Borussia Dortmund. It was a brave move from a player who had never before left the comfort of Germany and at such a young age as well. However he did make the move and many will remember the left-footed midfielder with fondness.

This week he has been speaking to the German media about his move to Forest.

He told Sportschau, a local paper in his hometown of Bochum where he is now playing his football for VfL Bochum, that he loved his time in Nottingham - despite obvious worries:

"It was very exciting because I did not go anywhere in the neighboring town, but to England. It was certainly very special, but it has definitely paid off.

"Of course (there were concerns), a 16-year-old cannot just say so, 'I'm going times to England to play football'. Then we decided as a family to take a chance. I think for my parents - especially my mother - it was more difficult than for me, when the youngest son leaves the house. But I was also very well received in Nottingham. That is why they were also four very nice years."

Bastians never quite made the grade for Forest. He played 18 times for the club spending time on loan with the likes of Northwich Victoria, Halifax Town, Gillingham, Chesterfield United, Notts County and MK Dons before leaving the club for BSC Young Boys Bern in Switzerland in 2008.

However, he suggests that other German youngsters should certainly consider the switch if they are prepared for such a move:

"(Homesickness) that was surprisingly quite good. Only the first two weeks it was a bit difficult. We shared with twelve guys in the youth center of Nottingham a bathroom. That was special. Also on the manners of the English I had to get used to.

"It always depends on the individual character. There are people who are not suitable for it, and vice versa as well."

Bastians has since gone on to forge a good career for himself at the likes of SC Freiburg and Hertha Berlin and now, aged 27, the former Germany Under-21 international is enjoying his time back in his hometown.

But it is good to see how Forest had an impact on the development of this players career.

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