Nottingham Forest defender Jack Hobbs says professional pride is at stake for him and his team-mates between now and the end of the season.Huddersfield Town provide the next test for Dougie Freedman’s men at The City Ground on Saturday.
And Hobbs says anything less than 100% commitment from every player against the Terriers is unacceptable, despite the position Forest find themselves in at this late stage of the campaign.
The 26-year-old told Forest Player: “A lot of teams and players are labelled as ‘already being on their holidays’, and the games are said to not matter in terms of league position.
“But we’ve got a new manager who we want to impress. We want to play next season. There’s a professional pride about the work we do.
“We’re looking to get out there on Saturday and get on the front foot. We want to take the game to them, win and score goals. That’s our main aim.
“If anyone in our team was going to not be as committed as they should, I’m sure the other players will tell them - and I’m certain the gaffer would.”
Hobbs played 90 minutes on his return to the side at Brentford on Monday after recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered in February’s 4-4 draw at Blackpool.
He admits the niggling injury problems he has experienced at The City Ground have been an immense source of frustration for him, but Hobbs is now looking forward to putting a plan in place to ensure he can represent the club on a more regular basis.
The former Lincoln and Leicester man said: “I think a full pre-season will be a great help for me. My aim is to finish strongly this season, get to the summer, have a good break, come back in and lay the foundations for my body for next season.
“I enjoy coming to work every day. The set-up, lads and fans are great. With my injuries it’s been frustrating but, even so, I think I’ve learned a lot and hopefully matured both as a player and as an individual.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.