Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has spoken to Forest Player ahead of his side's first pre-season friendly of the summer.The Reds will tomorrow evening travel from their Portuguese training base in Portimao across country to Vila Real de Santo Antonio, where they will take on Scottish Premier League side Hibernian (VRSA Stadium, kick-off 8pm).
Forest landed at Faro airport yesterday afternoon and conducted their first training session in the Algarve this morning.
Davies was delighted with what he saw.
He said: "It was exactly what we wanted - a very, very difficult morning. It was a great response from the players who got through a lot of work over the two-hour period.
"It was nice to see them working and reacting the way they did, the new boys fitted in very well and the spirit in the camp was excellent."
Preparations are now well underway for the clash with Hibs - an occasion The Reds' boss is relishing.
He said: "I'm looking forward to it. We know that the Scottish clubs are a little ahead of us in their preparations for the new season and Hibs should give us a good workout. They have a good squad of players and an excellent staff - a big fan base as well.
"They're the type of club that will give us a really good game and I'm sure that they will be looking forward to it as much as us."
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player which includes Davies talking about the three new signings.
Nottinghamforest.co.uk will be running a free live text commentary service from the VRSA Stadium and Forest Player will have extended highlights and post-match reaction.