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One key factor

10 September 2015

Nottingham Forest duo Jonny Williams and Chris O’Grady both say manager Dougie Freedman was an influential factor in them signing for The Reds.

Williams has joined on loan from Crystal Palace until mid-January while Brighton’s O’Grady will spend the rest of the 2015-16 campaign at The City Ground.

Twenty-one-year-old midfielder Williams has plenty of history with Freedman and he is excited at the prospect of working under him once more.

He told Forest Player HD: “I know the manager and Lennie from Palace, where they gave me my breakthrough.

“As a youngster it wasn’t just the training sessions, it was the time he spent working with us afterwards on things like shooting.

“He took extra pride in improving us as players.”

O’Grady is working under Freedman for the first time and he was ‘sold’ on the move after discussions with the manager.

The 29-year-old said: “He wasn’t trying to sell the club, it was more about him selling himself with regards to what he can do for players.

“He’d seen me play, which was very important to me, and he could identify what I was good at.

“He told me he could get the best out of me and allow me to get the best out of myself, so that was me sold straight away.”

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