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Arter thrilled to join 'ambitious' Forest

22 September 2020

Nottingham Forest's newest recruit Harry Arter says he hopes his promotion-winning mentality can spur The Reds on to greater achievements this season following his switch from AFC Bournemouth.

Arter helped Fulham out of the Sky Bet Championship last season and the Republic of Ireland international believes he can help Forest repeat that feat this time around.

He said: "I felt like I was ready for a new challenge and I wanted to come to a club with a strong past and an ambitious future. It's a Premier League club in my opinion and getting it back there is what we all want to achieve. It is a move I'm really excited about and I want to contribute in helping the club get back to the top-flight.

"I've been promoted twice, once with Bournemouth and once with Fulham, and they were two completely different experiences. At both clubs we had a group of determined players who knew what their end goal was and that's what we need to have here. I feel like I can add that mentality to the squad because the older you get, the more you realise you have to try and influence people around you.

"The club and the manager have made it very clear they want me to bring that winning mentality into the dressing room and I like to think quality and experience are two things I can add to a talented group of players who were good enough to make the play-offs last season."

The 30-year-old played 29 games in Fulham's promotion-winning season last time out and says Forest must put any lingering feeling of disappointment behind them quickly and concentrate on reaching their goals in the new campaign.

He said: "The Championship is such an unpredictable league but you have to aim and strive for consistency across all areas. Ultimately, the teams that get promoted this season will be the ones who are the most consistent. The club have added quality players to the squad this summer and I think it will be a really good group to be a part of.

"Every club will suffer disappointment at some stage but we need to use that feeling from the end of last season to push ourselves on to a strong start this time around. There are still 44 games to go and if we can now put together a run of three or four wins in a row then we can hit the season with momentum and achieve our main aim of promotion."

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