Nottingham Forest have confirmed Jack Lester as their new Under 18s coach, and the former front man says his early days at The City Ground have been “everything he hoped they would be”.Lester had two spells on Trentside as a player, scoring 34 goals in total, and played for Skrill Premier side Gateshead last season.
He combined his playing duties in the north east with a coaching role at Notts County before deciding to hang up his boots and begin imparting his vast experience on to the stars of the future.
And when Forest came knocking this summer Lester had no hesitation in returning for a third spell.
He told nottinghamforest.co.uk: “I met Gary Brazil and had a great chat about a few things. I got on really well with him.
“I saw it as an exciting prospect and the timing was perfect. It’s been everything I hoped it would be. “There are still quite a few people I know at Forest and it’s a wonderful club. I was delighted with the opportunity to work there again.”
Lester has been based at the Under 18s’ training camp in Valencia for the last fortnight, where the youngsters have been ramping up their preparations for the 2014-15 campaign.
They played out a 0-0 draw with Levante on Tuesday before beating Villarreal 1-0 last night, second-half substitute Kasheme Walton scoring the only goal of a game which Forest could easily have won by a greater margin.
And, speaking at the team hotel after the match, Lester says the performance was a fitting end to a successful trip to Spain.
He said: “Everybody’s played their part. We defended very well from the front and possessed a high work rate.
“Our ability to close the ball down in hot conditions has been impressive and last night we showed a little bit of quality as well.
“To keep two clean sheets against Spanish opposition on their own turf is a great achievement.
“We could have beaten Villarreal by more but we’re delighted with a clean sheet and a victory.
“It’s a great end to what has been a fantastic trip.”
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