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Key summer signing Damien Perquis explains what Philippe Montanier wants from him, how deal came about

Nottingham Forest's Damien Perquis and Birmingham City's Lukas Jutkiewicz  in action

The Nottingham Forest defender already knew his new assistant manager.

Nottingham Forest centre-back Damien Perquis has commented on how his move to the City Ground came to fruition this summer.

The Polish international has been speaking to So Foot this week about his career and how he came to be a Forest player.

Nottingham Forest's Damien Perquis and Birmingham City's Lukas Jutkiewicz  in actionNottingham Forest's Damien Perquis and Birmingham City's Lukas Jutkiewicz in action

He explained how it was Nottingham Forest assistant Serge Romano who played the biggest role in his signature. Perquis knew Romano from boyhood club Troyes and told So Foot:

“Assistant coach Serge Romano knows me since my years at Troyes. When I was seventeen, I was training with Alain Perrin, he was already on the staff. It was he who contacted me.

“I was ready to come back. It was a discussion between us, he had no club at the time. One day, I get a message where he said he signed Nottingham Forest with Philippe Montanier, they seek a centre-back and can talk to me. After the coach called me, everything was ok.”

Marvin Emnes of Blackburn Rovers and Damien Perquis of Nottingham Forest in actionMarvin Emnes of Blackburn Rovers and Damien Perquis of Nottingham Forest in action

He went on to talk about his role in the Forest team. He explained how Forest manager Philippe Montanier wanted him to be a leader in the back-line for the Championship side:

“The coach was clear with me. He wanted me to bring my experience and that I manage things a little.

“We have many young players after the tactical change, it's his choice. With my experience, I've played in that system. I feel comfortable in a back four or three, so my vision has not changed too much.”

The Polish international, who joined Forest from MLS side Toronto FC in the summer, has had a mixed start to life at the club.

Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson in action with Nottingham Forest’s Damien PerquisBirmingham's Clayton Donaldson in action with Nottingham Forest’s Damien Perquis

He has impressed in some fixtures but Forest have one of the leakiest defences in the Championship this season and as the apparent leader of that part of the pitch the Pole must take a large portion of the blame for the defensive frailties at the club.

Hopefully Perquis and the back-line can build on the recent clean sheet against Ipswich Town in their clash with Barnsley this evening.

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