Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he was ‘all over’ the opportunity to sign Mo Barrow.The formalities of the loan are now complete, meaning the Swansea attacker will spend the rest of the season at The City Ground.
And Freedman was thrilled to make Barrow his first incoming transfer as Reds manager.
He told Forest Player: “For my first signing, although it’s only a loan, it’s one I really wanted to do.
“I had him at Bolton for ten days on trial and we tried to sign him. It was no surprise to me that a few months later Swansea snapped him up for considerably more money.
“So when I had the opportunity to sign him a few days ago, I was all over it. There was competition from three other clubs and we had to make sure we showed him what the club’s about, what kind of team we’ve got and how he can express himself coming down into the Championship.
“He’s mobile, he’s quick, he’s got great balance, a wonderful left foot and he can take a goal.”
Freedman was keen to stress that, as with any new signing, Barrow’s attitude was taken into consideration.
But, having worked with the player before, Freedman knew the sort of person he was dealing with.
The manager said: “He’s a humble young man, who came from a difficult background working in the lower leagues of Sweden and working his way up to the Premier League. That shows you about his character straight away.
“He won’t be the star of the show – he’ll need to make sure he works hard for the team. And he seems to gel with that kind of attitude.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.