Nottingham Forest have finally added a player to their first-team ranks. This isn’t a drill, it’s finally happened, with American stopper Ethan Horvath joining the club.

The Reds left it late on Monday night to announce the signing of the 26-year-old. He checks in on Trentside to provide genuine competition for Brice Samba.

Horvath becomes the first signing since Dane Murphy was appointed as the club’s new CEO. The ex-Barnsley key figure has swapped Oakwell for the City Ground this summer.

I can hear you asking, who the bloody hell is Ethan Horvath? So, we’ve got the lowdown on Forest’s latest new recruit right here.

Where have Forest signed Horvath from?

He joins the Reds after spending four years with Club Brugge. He checked in with the Belgian giants back in 2017 from Molde where he spent four years.


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Forest have signed Horvath; Photo; Alex Goodlett; Getty Images

During 2020/21 he played just four times for the club, including during a 2-1 win over Zenit in the Champions League.

He was largely used as an understudy, however, with ex-Liverpool custodian Simon Mignolet ahead of him in the pecking order.

Have Forest paid a fee for the new man?

No. Horvath arrives in England on a free transfer and will begin training with the club immediately.

He becomes the first signing for the Reds this summer and has penned a three-year contract at the City Ground.

He joins a goalkeeping department that currently has Brice Samba ahead of Jordan Smith in the pecking order.

Summary: Horvath could be a shrewd signing for Forest

One thing that Samba arguably hasn’t really had during his time at the Reds is genuine competition.

Smith has his moments but ultimately he’s perhaps short of the required quality if Forest are to challenge in the higher echelons of the table.

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New Forest signing Horvath playing for USA; Photo; John Dorton; ISI Photos; Getty Images

Murphy didn’t pick too many bad players during his time at Barnsley and supporters now need to trust the process.

Horvath looks a big lad and with seven caps for the United States, he’s clearly a well-respected figure on the international stage.

Samba looks likely to remain as the number one stopper for now, but Horvath looks capable of running him close for the gloves.

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