Nottingham Forest coach raves about loanee Joe Worrall

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Forest loanee Joe Worrall impressed for Dagenham and Redbridge against Everton.

Nottingham Forest loanee Joe Worrall got a taste of FA Cup action at the weekend for Dagenham and Redbridge in their defeat to Premier League side Everton.

Despite being on the wrong end of  2-0 scoreline on his debut, Forest are impressed with his prospects.

Under-21 boss Jimmy Gillighan told the club's official website the 19-year-old centre back will soon be pushing for a first team spot if he continues his current progression.

He said: "It’s fantastic for Joe - I’d imagine it was an unbelievable debut for him. We’ll make sure we track what he’s doing because we want him to do well for Dagenham and, when he comes back, to start pushing the likes of Matt Mills, Jack Hobbs and Kelvin Wilson for a place in the first team.

"Joe is a very honest, commanding and perhaps ‘old-fashioned' defender. He gives you what he’s got, he’s strong in the air, composed on the ball and takes little risk. At the other end, he’s a danger at set pieces. But he can also travel out with the ball and his passing range and technique are not bad at all.

"If we can give him a bit of time we think he’s going to be a really good one for the future."

Worrall signed on loan just a week ago, and is at the League Two side until February 6.

The next month will be vital for him in terms of adjusting to playing competitive football, and featuring against a Premier League side at the weekend will make the loan spell in itself worthwhile.

If Forest continue to be impressed by him, it is very possible Dougie Freedman will attempt to get him involved with the first team between now and the end of the season.

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