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8 July 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he is covering all angles by including youngsters and trialists in his squad for the pre-season training camp in Sweden.

Striker Tyler Walker, midfielder Jorge Grant, defender Roger Riera and goalkeeper Jordan Smith have made the trip to Malmo along with a small number of trialists.

And the manager believes his selection policy was a necessity given the club's current position in the transfer market.

Freedman told nottinghamforest.co.uk: "The embargo restricts me in terms of buying players, so I've had to look at trialists this pre-season. It's not something I like to do, it's just the situation we find ourselves in.

"But that has also given some of our younger players the opportunity to try and grab a place in the team.

"We've got a mixture of players here. I'm having a look at all the different angles."

The Reds face their first pre-season friendly of the summer this evening.

They take on Danish Superliga side Odense BK (6pm BST) and, while he accepts fitness is the priority at the moment, Freedman hopes for an attacking display from his side.

He said: "I'm looking for the team to be very professional, to play the game in the right manner.

"They obviously aren't completely up to speed in terms of fitness but we've worked a lot on our organisation and attacking play over the last four or five days here in Malmo. I want the players to show me they've taken on board what we've been putting across to them.

"We'll be taking the game seriously but, at the same time, we'll try to only give everybody 45 minutes."

It's been a grueling start to the summer for The Reds but their manager is delighted with the way the players have applied themselves.

Freedman said: "I must congratulate the players for their efforts so far this pre-season. Their fitness, attitude and effort has been great.

"We've worked very hard - three sessions a day starting at 7am.

"I'm really happy with how it's going and now we're looking forward to playing the upcoming games to see if we can translate what we've been working on in training into a match situation."

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