New Nottingham Forest signing Louis Laing has challenged himself to earn a spot in Stuart Pearce’s first-team squad as soon as possible.The 21-year-old, who has previously partnered Jamaal Lascelles at England youth level, has arrived on a free transfer from Sunderland, where he began his career aged seven and eventually made his senior debut in 2011.
And, despite the strength in depth Forest already possess, Newcastle-born Laing hopes his versatility will help him make an impression sooner than some would perhaps expect.
He told Forest Player: “I want to be in the team. I’ve set myself that goal. I want to be playing regularly and to be seen as a big character within the squad.
“My preferred position is right-sided centre back but I’m just as comfortable in a holding midfield role. I’m a fit player who can get up and down quite easily. I’ve got a pass in my locker, so I’ll play wherever I’m asked to. Hopefully that will work in my favour.
“I just want to work hard in pre-season and see where it goes from there.”
For any player, their first steps away from their boyhood club can be difficult. But in Forest, Laing is confident he has chosen the right club.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted. Forest are such a big club and I think it’s definitely the right move for me. Hopefully I’ll get some opportunities and help Forest get to where they want to be.
“I haven’t got a bad word to say about Sunderland, but for me changes of manager here and there maybe didn’t work in my favour and to come to a club like this, with its stature and aspirations, I couldn’t think of anything better for my career.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.