Nottingham Forest player of the year admits he is proud of this record

Dorus De Vries hailed his defence for the low number of goals the club has conceded this season.

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus De Vries has told the club's official website that he is delighted his hard work has been rewarded with the club's Player of the Year award, but hailed the important role his defence has played throughout the season.

At the age of 35 the former Swansea City goalkeeper was honoured by his teammates at Forest's end-of-season awards ceremony earlier this week in recognition of a stellar campaign.

The Dutchman played second fiddle to current Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow during his first two seasons at the City Ground, but since the former number one's exit last summer the veteran stopper has taken over as first choice.

De Vries has missed just a single Championship game this season, keeping 11 clean sheets and generally displaying fine consistent form despite Forest's underwhelming campaign.

Although Forest are down in 17th in the table, only two teams outside of the top six have conceded fewer goals than the East Midlands side, a record of which De Vries admitted he is immensely proud.

The goalkeeper told the club's website: "It’s a really proud moment. To be voted Player of the Year is an amazing feeling – like a pat on the back. It just shows that my hard work has paid off a little bit.

"There have been lesser points and things I have to work on, but also some good moments which I will take on to next season. All I want to do is make sure the guys in front of me know they can rely on somebody to have their back.

"They have been tremendous this season – the number of goals we have conceded is among the best in this division. That’s something I’m very proud of as well."

De Vries had just seven Championship appearances for Forest to his name across two years before the start of this season, but he has proven this season that even in the twilight of his career he remains a reliable figure between the posts.

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