Stuart Pearce is relishing the prospect of learning more about his players when he takes training for the first time today.Pearce, who took the managerial reins at The City Ground yesterday, is looking forward to running the rule over his new charges.
He told Forest TV this morning: “I’ve been working from afar over the last couple of months but it’s nice to be through the door.
“We’ve tested the players over the last couple of days and our conditioning coach has been very impressed with the figures we’ve had back. We’ll get out on the grass today and I’ll have a fantastic opportunity to get to know them better.”
It’s already been a busy summer at The City Ground with Pearce appointing a number of new faces to his backroom staff, most recently goalkeeping coach Tim Flowers and head of recruitment John Marshall.
Forest’s playing ranks have also been bolstered with the arrival of Sunderland’s Louis Laing, and Pearce is confident that, in Matty Fryatt and Lars Veldwijk, he has signed two strikers capable of scoring regularly in a red shirt for years to come.
He said: “Matty Fryatt has been around for a long time but at 28 he’s still a good age. We want to bring players through the door who have their best years in front of them and we feel Matty is certainly in that situation.
“Lars did very well in Holland, getting quite a few goals for Excelsior last season. He’s only 22 and we felt he may be a talent for this club in the future.
“He’s a big lad, and athletic with it as well. It’s a great challenge for him, coming to his play his football in England, and we’ll do as much as we can to improve him.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest TV, in which Pearce discusses his backroom staff, his approach to pre-season training and his decision to take the players to Portugal later this month.