Nottingham Forest confirmed the first of their summer signings today with the announcement that Darius Henderson had agreed a new deal with the Reds.

The 31-year-old striker has signed a two-year contract, with an option of a further year, after joining on a short-term deal from Millwall in January.

Manager Billy Davies said: “I am absolutely delighted to have Darius on board. He showed us what he is capable of in his spell with us last season and his vast experience will be invaluable to us going into the new campaign.

“To have landed such a key target at this stage in the summer is a huge bonus and it should give everyone great confidence for the future.”

Henderson added: “It feels great. I’ve only been here six months but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it – the staff and players have been fantastic to me and helped me settle in very quickly.

“The gaffer made it clear that he wanted to sign me, which showed he had confidence in my abilities. There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to make the move happen and I’m delighted to have put pen-to-paper.

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“This is a fantastic club with a great fan base and I am proud to be a part of it.

“I definitely want to get back into the Premier League and, having signed for Forest for another two years, that is my target. I believe we have a very strong chance of finishing in the top six next season and maybe, with a bit of luck, we could even claim a top two place.”

The former Millwall, Sheffield United, Watford and Reading striker scored two goals in 11 appearances for the Reds last season.

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