Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles feels his game is constantly improving ahead of Saturday's trip to Rotherham United.
The 21-year-old has started Forest’s last six matches and believes his recent game time is making him a better player, while training with the likes of Michael Mancienne, Kelvin Wilson and Danny Collins provides him with an excellent opportunity to learn from more experienced players.
He told Forest Player: “I develop every game, even if it’s tactically rather than technically. It’s just experience. It’s important that I’m getting games at my age. I work hard every day in training and I give everything I’ve got in games.
“It’s really good to train with these sorts of players and it’s great competition as well because there are four of us fighting for two positions. We all bring different things to the team and watching the boys in training helps me a lot.”
Lascelles’ potential was recognised by Newcastle this summer, who signed the defender before loaning him back to The City Ground for the season.
And for now his attention is firmly set on helping the club he loves.
Lascelles said: “Forest is all I know really. I’ve come through the ranks, I’ve seen players come and go and I’ve seen the club do really well and not so well.
“I don’t think about other things. My aim is to help Forest get promotion, but I’m just taking things game by game.”
Lascelles was speaking to Forest Player ahead of Saturday’s trip to Rotherham United. Click here to hear his thoughts ahead of the game and his recollections of being involved in England senior training.
Stuart Pearce's pre-Rotherham interview
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