New Nottingham Forest signing Matt Mills says his experience of working with Dougie Freedman will be a big help to him at The City Ground.The former Bolton centre back has completed the formalities of a free transfer which will see him link up with a manager he played under at Wanderers.
Mills’ experience in the Football League means he is also familiar with a number of his new team-mates, something he believes will allow him to adjust to life at on Trentside quickly.
The 28-year-old told Forest Player: “I’m delighted to be here and to be linking up with the manager again. It’s a good thing for me that I know the way he works and vice versa.
“Sometimes when you move to a new club it’s a strange feeling in terms of having to prove yourself and maybe acting differently. This is a very comfortable situation for me. It’s just a case of bedding in and taking it from there.
“I certainly feel like I’m in my prime. I’m a better player now than I was four years ago.”
Mills will fly out to Sweden with the rest of the squad for a pre-season training camp next week.
He said: “To get away from everything and be locked down for ten days can be quite intense but, at the same time, it’s a perfect opportunity to meet your team-mates – you’re basically living with the lads.
“You’re around football 24/7 and the manager will get his point across. It’ll be a good exercise for getting fit and learning the way the manager wants to play.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Mills speaks about how Forest are ‘the biggest’ club he has represented, how excited he is to call The City Ground home and how promotion is high on his priority list.