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First impressions

20 July 2017

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Barrie McKay was delighted to pull on the Nottingham Forest shirt for the first time during Wednesday night’s 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Notts County at Meadow Lane.

The Forest winger has had a whirlwind few weeks since his move from Rangers earlier in the summer and admitted he was happy just to be back out on the grass and be back playing for his manager Mark Warburton.

Speaking after the game he said: "It was good to get some minutes under my belt. It was a tough time out in Florida on the pre-season tour so it is good to be back in the UK and back playing. It's been a hectic time coming down to Nottingham, going out to Florida and then straight out on to the pitch but it's been enjoyable.

"All the boys have been great and they've made me feel really welcome so I owe a lot to them, I just can't wait for the season to get started now. It's a big step in my career to come down from Scotland so I want to get going now and get more minutes under my belt."

Over 6,000 Forest fans made the journey across the Trent to see The Reds in action at Meadow Lane and McKay said the players were impressed by the standard of the support for a pre-season friendly.

He said: "Even though it was just a friendly, the supporters turned out in their numbers and they certainly didn't treat it like it was a friendly, it was more like a cup game! We're getting the match sharpness now with these friendlies so we're looking forward to the challenge of the new season now.

"The manager wants to introduce a style of football where we can get the ball down and play and that suits me. I'm not a giant who is going to be up there winning headers all the time so I like to be running at people and taking the ball forward."

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