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A particular style of play

13 July 2016

Nottingham Forest's Dorus de Vries believes his ability to distribute the ball from the back could come to the fore under Philippe Montanier.

The goalkeeper learned his trade in his native Holland, a country well known for producing technically proficient players, and demonstrated his skills in possession during an immensely successful spell with Swansea City.

And de Vries believes Montanier’s tactical approach could allow him to rekindle that style of play.

Speaking to Forest Player HD at the club’s training camp in Portugal, the 35-year-old said: “At the moment it looks like he wants to play football from the back and be dominant in ball possession, which requires a goalkeeper with good distribution.

“Going back to my days in Holland and at Swansea, it’s something I’m used to. We’re working hard on it.

“The head coach is really calm and he seems to be asserting himself well. He’s come here with a great pedigree – just look at his CV and see what he’s done in the past. He’s had some tremendous results.

“He’s slowly trying to tell the guys what he wants to see on the pitch.”

De Vries was named Forest’s Player of the Year last season but is refusing to rest on his laurels ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.

He said: “I just want to become a better goalkeeper – step up from last year and prove again that I’m able to compete with the better goalies in this division.

“I want to be there for my team when needed - that’s all I really care about, that they’ve got someone to rely on at the back.

“I will be working really hard with the other goalkeepers and Steve Sutton, who is a great coach. We’re going to push on to the next level.”

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