De Vries was named as Forest’s Player of the Season yesterday, after having an excellent campaign in net for the Midlands side.
The 35-year-old has shown no signs of age, and he has proven to be a very reliable figure in between the sticks.
De Vries’ performances have the caught the eye of Forest legend Crossley, who was full of praise for the Dutchman.
“I’ve been following him quite a bit and he’s done remarkably well. He’s been pulling off saves left, right and centre,” Crossley said.
“For 35 years old he’s in great shape and I’m sure he can carry on for a lot longer.
“This club’s been renowned for having solid goalkeepers, and he’s carried that on.”
De Vries has only got his chance at Forest due to the departure of Karl Darlow to Newcastle United last summer.
Darlow was Forest’s number one choice for much of last campaign, but his decision to move to St. James’ Park, has provided De Vries with an opportunity to show his class.
The former Swansea City man now looks set to play a key role at Forest for next season, which the Reds will be hoping will be a more successful one.
Forest are destined to finish in lower mid-table this term, after what has been a frustrating year at the City Ground.