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McCleish Offers Camp Clarity

10 January 2013

Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish has confirmed that goalkeeper Lee Camp has been given the all-clear to find a new club.

And he has also revealed that Karl Darlow is in line to make his full league debut for The Reds in Saturday’s Kids for a Quid game against Peterborough at The City Ground (kick-off3pm).

Camp had been Forest’s first choice keeper since the summer of 2009 but McLeish has offered him a fresh start elsewhere.

McLeish explained: “I told Lee that he could speak to his agent about finding another club. It was face-to-face – I told him that I had to make changes and that I knew there had been some frustration between him and the club over a period of time.

“I said that I wanted to bring a goalkeeper in and that I thought it wouldn’t be right for a man of his stature to be sitting on the bench as number two.

“I sought the reassurance of my coaches about Karl Darlow. He will play until we get an experienced goalkeeper in. We’re confident about him – he’s 22 years of age, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to cope.

“The only thing against him is his lack of experience but Blackburn threw a boy in ahead of Paul Robinson a couple of weeks ago and he has never looked back.

“We’ve got the same high hopes for Darlow. It’s a great chance for him. We’re looking for him to show the same level of confidence as he does in training and as he did in his recent games for Walsall - two shut-outs.”

McLeish earlier today bolstered his squad with the signing of Gonzalo Jara Reyes and Elliott Ward on loan until the end of the season and The Reds boss is confident they will both be able to make an immediate impact.

He said: “Jara Reyes and Ward can go straight into the action – they’ve been training non-stop. Jara Reyes has played a lot of his international games and is at a very good level of fitness according to the West Brom guys.”

Andy Reid, however, is likely to be unavailable for three-to-four weeks after picking up a hamstring injury against Oldham.

The Club decided against appealing Danny Collins’ red card in the same match and The Reds’ skipper will therefore miss this weekend’s game, while Adlene Guedioura is away with Algeria at the African Cup of Nations for the foreseeable future.

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