Nottingham Forest first-team coach Brian Eastick believes the signing of Louis Laing presents a “good opportunity” for all parties.Eastick worked with Laing at England youth level and recommended the player to incoming manager Stuart Pearce.
And with the deal now done, Eastick is delighted to have the former Sunderland man on board.
He told nottinghamforest.co.uk: “Louis has got a fantastic attitude in terms of trying to improve. He’s exactly the sort of player we want in and around the first-team squad, so we’ve offered him a contract here for a year with a year’s option. We think he’s got a lot of potential.
“He’s very versatile. He’s captained his country at Under 18 level as a central defender but Ged McNamee and Kevin Ball at Sunderland both think he could be an excellent midfield player as well. He’s got that flexibility, which shows you he has a good understanding of the game.”
Eastick revealed academy manager Gary Brazil was consulted ahead of the move, but the coach was also quick to confirm the new signing would be heavily involved in first-team circles.
He said: “One thing we don’t want to do is stop any of our own young players from coming through. So when Stuart signs a player like this he will always speak to Gary to ensure we’re not restricting opportunities for our own players.
“Louis will be training with the first team and Stuart will want to watch him in some of the pre-season games. It’s up to Louis to impress the senior coaching staff by showing what he can do. He controls his future now.
“For him the move is not necessarily about the contract, it’s more about the opportunity. He had a couple of offers from League One clubs which perhaps would have been better for him financially.
“But he’s a really sensible lad, he comes from a good background and he sees this as a fantastic opportunity.”