Just a few days after Simon Cox’s move from West Brom was made official, Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson has signed for Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan.

The 23-year-old, who can play in the centre of defence and as a right-back, is Sean O’Driscoll’s eighth new signing since the Al Hasawi family took over the club and it’s believed that he won’t be the last before the transfer window closes in two weeks’ time.

Chairman Omar Al Hasawi said: “Sam is held in the highest regard by Chelsea and we’re grateful to them for allowing him to join us on loan.

“He is an exciting young player who has already shown a lot of grit and determination in his career, characteristics that we are sure will endear him to our supporters.”

The former Chelsea youth player was forced to retire in 2010 due to a knee injury but a dramatic recovery saw him sign a new contract last year.

O’Driscoll added: “We are looking for characters – that’s a box we’ve tried to tick with all the players we’ve brought in. He has a big tick in that box.

 

“He’s been likened to John Terry at Chelsea and they see him as an integral part of their squad but he hasn’t played many games.

“This is an opportunity for him and for us to strengthen the defensive side, which is what we’ve had to really concentrate on, so he’s a good signing for us.

“Ideally we’d have had him in a bit earlier but beggars can’t be choosers.

“You’re not going to keep four defenders fit all season and, especially in the first month when we’re playing a lot of games, we’re going to need everybody. It’s a good opportunity for him.

“The Championship is a good level for a young player to test himself in so it will stand him in good stead for his Chelsea career.”

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