Dutch goalkeeper Dorus de Vries has joined Nottingham Forest from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a two-year deal after being released from the final year of his contract at the West Midlands club.
The 32-year-old joined Wolves in 2011 on a free transfer after rejecting a new deal at Swansea City where he spent four seasons.
Although de Vries only made 20 appearances for the Molineux side — after becoming third choice behind Wayne Hennessey and Carl Ikeme — he was a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ promotion-winning Swansea team who beat the Reds in the play-off semi-final in 2011.
Following Wolves’ relegation last summer, de Vries was a target for Liverpool after Rodgers was appointed manager but their bid of £500,000 was rejected.
Billy Davies said: “Dorus is a very good signing for us. We have a good, young pool of goalkeepers at the club but he brings with him an abundance of experience which will be of benefit to everyone.
“He played a pivotal role in Swansea’s meteoric rise through the leagues and was unfortunate not to get more games at Wolves.
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“To sign a goalkeeper of his calibre on a free transfer is a great piece of business.”
De Vries added: “It’s not going to be easy for me at all. There are great goalkeepers here at the club, there always have been.
“I’m just looking forward to coming in and working with them, then it will be a case of seeing who’s best – that’s all that matters. The manager will decide.
“Darlow did brilliantly when he played last season and he seems like a great talent. I’m looking forward to working with him.
“From my point of view I just want to work hard, be the best that I can and ensure that I am worthy of the jersey.”
The former Telstar, ADO Den Haag and Dunfermline Athletic player becomes Forest’s fourth keeper, joining Karl Darlow, Khaled Al-Rashidi and Dimitar Evtimov.