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Aggression and experience

8 January 2016

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has described new signing Bojan Jokic as a ‘very aggressive, experienced full back.’

The Slovenian completed the formalities of his loan move from Villarreal this afternoon and will remain at The City Ground until the end of the season.

And Freedman was delighted to get his man in what he believes to be a low-risk deal.

The manager said: “He’s a very aggressive, experienced full back who has 70-odd caps for his national team and who has played in La Liga. To acquire someone of his pedigree in the financial position we’re in, you have to give great credit to the recruitment team.

“The element of risk is very small. The money’s the right money, it’s only a loan. It’s a very, very good deal.

“Dani Pinillos took a couple of months to settle in but Bojan’s a little bit different – he’s got that experience behind him.

“He’s already found his apartment and he’s ready to go. He certainly won’t be fazed by anything.”

Forest have also confirmed the capture of Aston Villa’s Gary Gardner on loan until the end of the season in what is sure to be a popular move among Forest fans.

And, while Freedman says the supporters’ fondness for Gardner gave him extra incentive to bring him in, it’s Gardner’s ability as a footballer that the manager cares about most.

He said: “It isn’t one I get too emotionally attached to – I look at the football player. He can bring a lot to the team.

“The fans are attached to him because he’s a good player so it’s a no-brainer to bring him in, but I don’t get influenced by emotions in any way.

“We wanted to make sure we had four good-quality central midfielders and once I knew Gary was available I wanted to try and get him.

“Aston Villa have been very good, a big thank you to them, and we’ve got a player who could step in tomorrow because he knows how I work and what’s required.”

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