Nottingham Forest have signed Chris Burke, recently released by Birmingham City, on a two-year deal
The 30-year-old Scotsman was pursued by the Reds in January 2013 when Alex McLeish was manager, and the previous summer, but finally joins after his three-year deal with the Blues expired.
Burke said: “There’s no doubt that this is a Premier League club playing in the Championship. I listened to what the manager had to say and what his ambitions are and I really liked what we spoke about. In the end it was a no-brainer for me.
“First of all I’d say that I’m a winger. Along the way I’ll chip in with goals and with assists and I won’t shy away from working hard. One thing you’ll get from me is 110% effort and I’ll make sure that I work harder than anyone else on the pitch.
“It comes thick and fast and there’s not long until the start of the season. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of screaming and shouting, joy and tears from our supporters in the stands. But hopefully this season there’ll be a lot more joy than tears.”
The former Rangers winger joined Cardiff City in January 2009, where he made 118 appearances, and later signed for Birmingham on a free transfer in 2011.
Burke made 61 appearances, scored 14 goals and provided 18 assists in his first season with Birmingham and won Players’ Player of the Season, Player of the Season Award and Junior Blues’ Player of the Season Award. He made a total of 155 appearances at the St. Andrew’s club, scoring 28 goals.
Burke won two senior caps for Scotland in 2006 while still a Rangers player.
Separately, Radoslaw Majewski has joined Huddersfield Town on a season-long loan while Darius Henderson has been linked with a move to Leyton Orient.