Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox admits his surprise at new deal

Nottingham Forest's Danny Fox before the match

The Scottish international was out of the team under former boss Dougie Freedman.

Nottingham Forest's Danny Fox before the matchNottingham Forest's Danny Fox before the match

Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox has been discussing his surprise at signing a new deal at the club this week.

Fox signed a new one-year extension to his deal, to highlight the belief in his ability from new Forest boss Philippe Montanier.

Fox’s career at Forest seemed to be over under former boss Dougie Freedman – but he came back into the side under the interim charge of Paul Williams.

Nottingham Forest interim manager Paul Williams (R) with Danny Fox before the gameNottingham Forest interim manager Paul Williams (R) with Danny Fox before the game

Speaking about his time out of the team under Freedman he told BBC Nottingham this week:

"December-time last year, I would've been looking at moving on as I wasn't in favour under Dougie.

"If you asked me six months ago whether I would be signing a new deal, I would've laughed in your face.

"I was having to train with the under-21s while the lads were preparing for games.

Nottingham’s Daniel Fox and Blackburn’s Danny Graham in actionNottingham’s Daniel Fox and Blackburn’s Danny Graham in action

"I was quite down at times and it was disappointing, but I made sure I stayed fit and I got my chance under Paul Williams after Dougie had left."

He was certainly not a player that Freedman took a shine to.

The Scotland international was dropped initially for Dani Pinillos and when the Spaniard’s season was ended by a knee injury Freedman brought in Slovenian Bojan Jokic on loan, rather than give Fox a chance.

Even Michael Mancienne got the nod out of position ahead of Fox.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie FreedmanFormer Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman

But he played seven times after Freedman got the boot in March and clearly his new manager likes what he has seen from the 30-year-old – who received a red card on the final day of the Championship season against MK Dons.

Forest fans will hope they now get to see the best of the inconsistent Scot knowing that the manager has clear faith in his ability.

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