Danny Collins received glowing references about life at The City Ground as he prepared to commit himself to Nottingham Forest.The 31 year old defender became new Manager Sean O'Driscoll's second signing for The Reds earlier today, penning a three-year deal after Forest had agreed an undisclosed fee for this services with Stoke.
And Collins has revealed he spoke to ex-Sunderland teammate Andy Reid, Wales colleague Chris Gunter and Stoke's Danny Higginbotham as he weighed up a moved to the East Midlands.
He told www.nottinghamforest.co.uk: "I spoke to 'Reidy', Chris and Danny and they had nothing but good things to say about the club.
"I've always enjoyed playing at The City Ground. I came here with Ipswich last season and although Forest were struggling at the time there were more than 20,000 people in the ground.
"That speaks volumes for the stature of the club and the esteem people hold it in.
"I've liked everything the Manager has told me. He's a quiet man but clearly has great ambition and I'm delighted to have been given a chance to be a part of what he wants to achieve."
Collins, who will meet his new teammates tomorrow morning, arrived at The City Ground 48 hours after Adlene Guedioura checked in from Wolves.