Stuart Pearce is delighted with the focus his players have been displaying in training so far.
The manager has been officially in charge for over a week now and, with The Reds’ first pre-season friendly on the horizon, Pearce has been reflecting on a positive start to his side’s preparations for the new campaign.
He told Forest Player: “I’m very impressed with the players at this moment in time. They’ve got a good focus on the training pitch, I’ve been pleased with that.
“I’m learning about their personalities and I’m building up a picture of how useful they’re going to be to the team. As I’ve told them before, everything they do on the training pitch contributes to their portfolio for when I pick the first team against Blackpool.”
Pearce revealed that Kelvin Wilson has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a calf strain, but hopes those fit enough to travel to Ilkeston on Saturday will benefit from their first run-out of the summer.
He said: “We’re probably at the stage of pre-season where the Ilkeston match will be more a physical exercise than a technical one.
“We’ll run through some team shape on Friday morning and see if we can have two teams playing, one in the first half and one in the second.
“By Saturday night what we want is for everyone to have had a good blowout and to be feeling physically fit and ready to fly out to Portugal the following day.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Pearce talks about reacquainting himself with old teammates Steve Chettle and Des Walker.