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Dawson: I'm coming home

31 May 2018

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Michael Dawson says it feels like a homecoming as the defender has agreed to return to Nottingham Forest this summer.

The experienced centre back came through the club's academy before departing for Tottenham Hotspur and, after England caps, Champions League appearances and promotion to the Premier League, Dawson will once again feature in the Garibaldi red.

"I'm absolutely delighted," he said. "There has been speculation since January. It was open that Forest tried to sign me, I tried to get here, but it wasn't to be but finally it is going to be happening.

"I'm coming home. It is where I started my career; 13-and-a-half-years ago I left this place and had the opportunity to go and play in the Premier League and that is where I want this football club to be in 12 months' time. That is what our aim is.

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"I have spoken to the manager over recent weeks. The desire he shows, what he expects and what he is looking to bring to the football club and where he wants to take us. That is the Premier League and that is where these supporters, and the size of this football club, deserves to be."

Dawson missed out on promotion in the play-offs during his first spell with the club, and feels he is returning a more experienced player who can help bring along the young players and also help drive the club towards the top flight.

He added: "That was a long time ago. I am coming back as a different player, with a lot more experience and as a better player than I was in my early days.

"I was thankful to Forest for giving me the opportunity to play and then go on to the Premier League. I have said it, that I want this football club to be in the Premier League. I was hoping that it would be before now, but with the gaffer here, he has won promotion before and he is talking about players he wants to bring in to strengthen and take this club to the next level.

"The owners have come in, the expectations from fans, you can see how many season cards have been sold; it is a massive football club and the Premier League is where everyone wants to be.

"We have a lot of talented young players at this football club, but you also need senior heads and senior pros to help around the dressing room, to help the manager in the changing room.

"I played at a young age and had the likes of Riccy Scimeca, Des Walker and Jim Brennan – older players who had been there and done it and the younger lads looked up to them. I am one of the older heads in the dressing room now and hopefully I can help the younger generation come on and take them to the next level."

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