Nottingham Forest’s on-loan goalkeeper Ben Hamer has been told he must fight for his place in Dougie Freedman’s starting 11.
The Leicester keeper has joined The Reds for the duration of the 2015-16 season, but he says Freedman has given him no assurances that he will be the number-one choice.
Hamer told Forest Player HD: “The boss has made it clear it’s not going to be plain sailing for me to get into his side because obviously we’ve got Dorus here. He’s a very, very good goalkeeper and person.
“The manager said I have to work hard and prove my worth. Hopefully I can do that in training and if I can get in the team, perfect, that’s why I wanted to come here.
“I’ve got a challenge on my hands. We both want to play so it’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks ahead.”
Hamer was delighted to have the opportunity to join Forest, partially because of the club’s proximity to his base in Leicester.
And it’s not only the surroundings that are familiar to the 27-year-old, who in joining Forest has renewed acquaintances with one of his closest companions.
Hamer said: “I’ve come across a few of the lads. Millsy, I was best man at his wedding last summer. Him and I are very good friends.
“I know Foxy as well, Henri Lansbury, Michail Antonio I was with at Reading.
“They’ve made me feel at home straightaway and it feels like I’ve been here a while already. That’s always a nice way to settle in.”
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