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Halford’s High Hopes

15 March 2014

Nottingham Forest’s Greg Halford has told the club’s official matchday magazine he will give his “last breath” to win promotion this season.

The 29 year old, who has performed admirably in a number of positions this campaign, will be hoping to return to the side for this afternoon’s visit of Doncaster Rovers after being rested for Tuesday’s match at Middlesbrough.

And Halford will be desperate for a win to keep his dream of returning to the top flight on track.

“I know no matter how well I play a Premier League club will never pay money to take me,” says Halford in the latest edition of the magazine (£3). “I’m going to have to achieve this with Forest and I’ll give my last breath to do it.”

Prior to his arrival at The City Ground Halford was part of a Portsmouth side which endured financial turmoil, commencing a slide which has left the south-coast club scrapping for survival in League Two.

And, in what is a very frank and honest assessment of his career so far, Halford speaks openly about how the early stages of his Forest career were impacted by his experiences at Fratton Park.

“It took me about a year to get back on my feet (after leaving Portsmouth),” he reveals. “It doesn’t matter who you are, not getting paid for eight months is going to hurt.”

Supporters can read the full interview in today’s edition, which also includes Jonathan Greening’s reflections on his return to Teesside in midweek and how he intends to prolong his playing career for as long as possible.

“I thought the opportunity to play at The Riverside Stadium again had passed me by,” says Greening. “It was brilliant for me.

“I know I’m 35 now but I’m feeling really fit. I still enjoy playing the game and I just want to carry on.”

Fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad. Perfect for supporters who are unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app from 2pm onwards. Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.

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