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Testing times

11 July 2015

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries says he and his team-mates will be treating Sunday’s friendly against Mjallby AIF as a test of their fitness and mentality.

The 34-year-old stopper is midway through a training camp in Sweden with the rest of the first-team squad. 

And, with preparations now underway for Forest’s second friendly of the trip, de Vries believes the players are looking forward to taking what they have worked on in training on to the field against the Swedish second-tier side. 

The Dutchman told Forest Player HD: “It’s a fitness test, a mentality test - you’ve got to be sharp and focused on what the gaffer gives you as a task. You’ve got to perform really, really well and make sure you’re up to his standards. 

“Game time is always something you look forward to. In the first couple of weeks it’s key to get your fitness levels back up to speed and slowly get into the routine of what the gaffer has in mind for us.” 

Karl Darlow’s departure at the end of last season means Forest’s number one shirt is now up for grabs. 

But de Vries isn’t piling any pressure on himself to make it his own. 

He said: “For me, it’s not really an issue at the moment. I just want to train well, get my focus and then we’ll see what the gaffer is going to decide. 

“That’s all I’ve got in my head. I don’t want to make it too complicated, I just want to work hard and get back into good shape. 

“I’m feeling a little bit stiff today - we had a really tough day yesterday. Steve Sutton sets his standards really high, which is good for us because we just want to improve.

“I feel personally I’m gaining a lot.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player HD.

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