Former Nottingham Forest defender Joel Lynch has hinted to Chronicle Live that he considers the Reds to be a mediocre football club.
The experienced centre-back joined League One hopefuls Sunderland in the summer following his release from Queens Park Rangers.
Lynch made 90 appearances for Forest in a four-year spell before joining Huddersfield in 2012. He operated as a left-back or at the heart of the defence and did a reasonable job for the club.
The 31-year-old hasn’t played for his new club yet due to injury but he feels he is now at a club ready to challenge for success.
He told Chronicle Live: “I’ve got to the point in my career where I want a challenge and this could work out well. I’ve never had that much success during my career in terms of winning promotions and what have you.
“I’ve always been that sort of mediocre level – I’ve never been in the play-offs of been in a successful team so the challenge of coming here and being successful really appeals to me.”
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The comments about never being in the play-offs are interesting. He featured 15 times in Forest’s run to the play-offs under Billy Davies during the 2010/11 campaign; acting as an unused substitute for both legs of the play-off semi-final against Swansea City.
Lynch was an honest professional during his time at the City Ground, without ever really looking like he’d become a regular in a successful team.
The following season Steve McClaren replaced Davies and after his short tenure Steve Cotterill would take over.
He did manage 28 appearances under Cotterill and perhaps it was telling that with Lynch the focal point of his defence, Forest finished the campaign in 19th place.
Lynch would go onto join Huddersfield and then later sign for QPR and he enjoyed limited success at both clubs.
Given these comments from the versatile performer, it seems unlikely that he will receive too many well wishes from the Forest faithful.