Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries is confident that he can learn from recently-appointed ‘keeping coach Tim Flowers.
The former England international, who won the Premier League title with Blackburn Rovers in 1994-95, was confirmed on the backroom staff of new manager Stuart Pearce on 1 July, joining the Championship club after a short spell as first-team coach at Conference Premier side Kidderminster Harriers.
The 47-year-old made 500 league appearances before hanging up his gloves in 2003, and though de Vries is extremely experienced in his own right, having played over 250 league games, the arrival of Flowers has only made the Dutchman more determined to improve and claim the number one shirt from Karl Darlow.
“Working with Tim has been great. He’s got a bunch of experience, he’s well known and from the first day he arrived at the club I was really happy he was there,” the ex-Swansea City and Wolverhampton Wanderers shot-stopper told the official Forest website.
“He brings his international experience to the training pitch. He knows exactly what he wants from the goalkeepers and he can translate that easily to all of us. I think we’ll definitely progress and learn from him.”
The 33-year-old added: “I’m doing the same thing as I’ve been doing throughout my career, working hard.
“Darlow was magnificent last year, but it’s a new season and all I can do is make sure I’m getting fit and show the gaffer I’m committed and willing to work.
“That’s my character. I’ll perform to the best of my ability, like I’ve always done.”