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Still looking to strengthen

31 July 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says that his business in the summer transfer window is still not complete.

Despite having already added seven new faces to his squad including the likes of Chris Burke and Matty Fryatt, the Reds boss says that there may still be more new signings on the way as the 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship campaign nears its' beginning.

Speaking to Forest Player, he said: “We’ve got pretty good value for money so far. We’ve not outlaid more than half a million pounds during the summer transfer window and we’re delighted with all our additions. Players like Matty Fryatt, Chris Burke and Michael Mancienne will be exceptional in this league.

“But on top of that, we still need to keep adding players in certain areas. I’ve learnt a great deal over this pre-season about the players, the staff and the club and we know that we’ve still got some strengthening to do before and during the season."

Forest could soon be boosted by the return to action of a number of key first-team players but Pearce admits he will not be engaging in a race against time to get his squad back to full fitness.

He said: “I never put pressure on players returning from injury. It is vitally important that I don’t rush players back into the side for short-term gain but long-term adversity.

“Chris Cohen, Jack Hobbs and Eric Lichaj have all been back in training and hopefully Jamaal Lascelles will be joining in next week as well. The advice we’re getting from the medical staff has all been very positive so we’re hopeful."

Pearce guided his players through a popular opening training session at The City Ground this morning and the manager says he can feel a real wave of positivity around the club as the new season edges closer.

He said: “There have been some real up-sides to the pre-season campaign. I think the new signings have fitted in fantastically well and the whole squad have taken on board everything that we’ve asked of them.

“The only down side has been that we’ve been a bit fragmented by injuries. But the tour to Portugal went well, the spirit around the football club is very good and I’ve been very impressed with how everyone is pulling together within the club."

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