Chris Hughton has expressed his delight at being able to lure James Garner back to Nottingham Forest following a lengthy pursuit.
Garner became the Reds’ fourth signing of the summer on Sunday, joining the club on loan from Manchester United for the second time.
The midfielder, who also penned a new deal until 2024 at Old Trafford, spent the second half of last season on loan at the City Ground, scoring four goals in 20 appearances and producing a series of impressive performances.
Forest had to be patient in their pursuit of landing Garner for the second time, fighting off interest from the likes of Derby County and Stoke City along the way.
A long-awaited announcement was made on Sunday, though, with Garner telling yesterday’s press conference about the influence the manager had on his decision to return to the East Midlands club.
Speaking about how much of an influence he may have potentially had on the re-signing of Garner, Hughton suggested that factors such as regular game time and his own understanding with the player may have been key.
He told his press conference: “I think the first thing on his mind would have been to play games, irrespective of whether it was me or anybody else.
“If you’ve got a manager who’s playing you, then that’s a great first step.
“But I think we’ve all been there before, and what you do appreciate and forget it is that he still is a young man. He might play older than his years, but he is still 20 years of age.
“When you bring in somebody of that age, then you appreciate that you’ve got to give them that little bit more time, you’ve got to ask more questions and think about how he is settling in.
“James was fortunate as well, because I think he had a lot of his family to see his games, so he had that support mechanism around him.
“But you do have more of a duty of care when you bring in younger players as opposed to more experienced ones.”
Hughton will hope that the arrival of Garner can inspire his side and turn their fortunes around, having lost their opening four league games for only the second time in 67 years at the weekend.
The Reds lost 1-0 to Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium and take on Wolves in the second round of the Carabao Cup tomorrow night, before taking on Derby County at Pride Park on Saturday.