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Nottingham Forest: Young players key for Philippe Montanier

29 June 2016

Philippe Montanier wants to give Nottingham Forest's youngsters the opportunity to prove themselves in the 2016/17 EFL season.

The Frenchman was appointed at the City Ground earlier this week and, in his first press conference, he spoke of his desire to give the club's Academy players a chance to shine.

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Ben Osborn has risen through the ranks to establish himself in the Forest squad, while the likes of Tyler Walker, Oliver Burke, Jorge Grant and Gerry McDonagh all made the step-up to senior level last term.

Montanier is keen to continue the trend, telling the club's official website: "I want to promote young players into the first team. Tomorrow, six young players will come and train with us for the first time.

“We want to bring new players to the club but I also want to assess the players we already have. That is important.”

The 51-year-old former Real Sociedad boss also exclaimed his pride at being given the chance to manage Forest and, on a busy day for the new man, he also completed his first signing for the upcoming Sky Bet Championship campaign.

"To be the first foreign manager of Nottingham Forest is a very proud moment for me,” Montanier added. “As a young goalkeeper I was a big fan of Peter Shilton so to take over as head coach of his old club is a dream come true.

“I am looking forward to a bright future with Nottingham Forest. We will work hard to succeed and enjoy it together.”

#NFFC have completed the signing of striker Apostolos Vellios from Iraklis Thessaloniki. https://t.co/nARIDai3Sjpic.twitter.com/NyPObR9Pel

— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) June 29, 2016

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