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Pushing for starts

14 July 2016

Nottingham Forest midfielder Jorge Grant believes the time has come for him to mount a challenge for a regular first-team spot.

The midfielder has been in and around the squad in recent campaigns, making 11 appearances last season and three in 2014-15.

But, aged 21, Grant now wants to impress new head coach Philippe Montanier in the hope of making his name one of the first on the Frenchman's teamsheet.

Speaking to Forest Player HD from The Reds' Portuguese training camp, Grant said: "I hope to be starting week in, week out. It's a shame Robert Tesche left but that's opened up a spot for me in midfield, which I should really be pushing for now.

"I'm working hard and doing what I can to get there because I really want to be playing this season, showing the fans what I've got.

"Every time a new manager comes in you need to be on it, making sure he sees you in his plans. I think I've done alright so far - hopefully I can push on in the games over pre-season and try and get that starting place I really want."

Grant recently enjoyed a run out against Tottenham, the side he scored his first professional goal against in 2014.

And, while he cherishes the memories of that memorable cup tie at White Hart Lane, the former Nike Academy man believes he has since developed considerably as a player.

He said: "I think now I'm more mature on the ball.

"When I was younger I would make a few too many mistakes - giving the ball away trying to do that extra bit, whereas now I see when I need to pass or run with it. Being around the senior pros is really important - you're learning every day.

"I think everybody tries to help each other at this football club and it's a great atmosphere to be around."

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