Dougie Freedman raves about Nottingham Forest’s Jamie Ward

Jamie Ward joined Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2015 after leaving Derby County.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told The Derby Telegraph that Jamie Ward is the best free transfer signing of the summer.

Freedman made the comments about Ward following the 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at home at the weekend.

The 29-year-old, who can play as a striker or as a winger, started the Championship game at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon. and played for the entire 90 minutes.

The 29-year-old took 11 shots, had a pass accuracy of 85%, created two chances, put in two crosses, attempted eight dribbles, and made one interception and two blocks.

The Northern Ireland international was key to Forest’s 3-0 victory over Bolton, and Freedman has sung his praises.

“Jamie Ward is the best free transfer signing of the summer,” the Scot told The Derby Telegraph. "He showed why I made him one of my first bits of business of the summer. He showed what he is all about. He creates opportunities and takes his chances.

"He justified us signing him, with his performance. The crowd appreciated his performance, because he is a typical Nottingham Forest player.”

Ward raised a few eyebrows when he joined Forest in the summer of 2015. That’s mainly because the 29-year-old was on the books of the Reds’ bitter rivals Derby County for four seasons.

The former Sheffield United attacker has done relatively well for Forest so far this season. Ward has scored one goal and created 27 chances in 22 Championship games so far this campaign.

The former soon Villa prospect has a pass accuracy of 72% and a shot accuracy of 43%, and has won 10 headers, 24 dribbles and 18 tackles.

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