Elliot Anderson's first words after Nottingham Forest transfer as City Ground verdict delivered

Elliot Anderson has signed for Nottingham Forest
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New signing Elliot Anderson is looking forward to his first time running out at the City Ground for Nottingham Forest, because he knows full well the “brilliant” atmosphere awaiting him.

The buzz at the Reds’ stadium has the seal of approval from the midfielder’s parents, too. His dad watched from the stands when Anderson played on the banks of the Trent in Newcastle United colours and seemingly enjoyed the experience.

The 21-year-old was a second half substitute for the Magpies when they came from behind to win 2-1 away to Forest in March 2023. Having now penned a five-year deal for the Reds after leaving St James’ Park, he is confident he can make a big impact when he gets the chance to pull on the Garibaldi.

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“It was brilliant,” Anderson told the club’s official website of his previous experience of playing at the City Ground. “I was speaking to my parents after the game and my Dad said that it’s probably one of the best grounds he’s been to in terms of the atmosphere. I came on in the game and it felt great to play here.”

He added: “I’m buzzing. I think it’s a massive club with big history and I can’t wait to get started.

“It’s the club and the city. I’ve always been very fond of Nottingham Forest and I think it’s a great place to display what I can do and go on to try and help my career.

“It’s a great opportunity. It’s a fresh start so I want to attack it and show everyone what ability I’ve got. I’m looking forward to it all.

“Personally, I want to go out there and do as well as I can and help the team. For the team, I just want to finish as high up that table as possible and do as well as we can.”

Anderson will provide head coach Nuno Espirito Santo with plenty of versatility. He is capable of playing anywhere across the attacking three and also as a midfielder.

“Since I came through the (Newcastle) academy I’ve been chucked in different positions and I’ve always dealt with it,” the Scotland Under-21 international said. “I think I’m quite versatile because I can do different parts of the game. I think it helps as a player if the manager knows you can play different positions as it gives you a better chance of playing.

“I’m an attacking threat who likes to create goals. I haven’t got too many yet, but I can see myself getting many for Forest. I just like to create chances.”

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