Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries says he is thrilled with the opportunity to learn from a man of Tim Flowers’ experience.The Dutch stopper may have over 250 league appearances to his name, but his keenness to improve certainly hasn’t dwindled as his career has progressed.
Testament to that is his attitude towards the recent arrival of goalkeeping coach Flowers, who de Vries says will be a big help to him and his fellow keepers.
Speaking at the team hotel in Portugal, de Vries said: “Working with Tim has been great. He’s got a bunch of experience, he’s well known and from the first day he arrived at the club I was really happy he was there.
“He brings his international experience to the training pitch. He knows exactly what he wants from the goalkeepers and he can translate that easily to all of us. I think we’ll definitely progress and learn from him.”
Karl Darlow’s impressive form last season meant the Dutchman’s first-team opportunities were limited, but de Vries is determined to show new manager Stuart Pearce that he can compete for the number one spot.
He said: “I’m doing the same thing as I’ve been doing throughout my career, working hard.
“Darlow was magnificent last year, but it’s a new season and all I can do is make sure I’m getting fit and show the gaffer I’m committed and willing to work.
“That’s my character. I’ll perform to the best of my ability, like I’ve always done.”
Click here to watch the full interview, which also features Lars Veldwijk, on Forest Player.