Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has told Nottinghamshire Live that Ethan Horvath is pushing hard for a place in his team.

The Reds incumbent has made just one Championship appearance since signing on a free transfer during the summer.

That came in Chris Hughton’s final game in charge against Middlesbrough; with Cooper preferring Brice Samba since he arrived.

The American played four times for Club Brugge last season and even made an appearance in the Champions League.

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He arrived to push Samba hard in terms of competition, with Jordan Smith the current third-choice goalkeeper.

His first outing for Forest didn’t quite go according to plan. He mis-controlled a backpass from Loic Mbe Soh which allowed Onel Hernandez to put the seal on a Boro win.

One mistake doesn’t define a goalkeeper though and Cooper has suggested that he’s champing at the bit to get back into the side.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “We’ve got three goalkeepers who have played, and can play, first-team football.

“Brice has the shirt at the moment, but Ethan hasn’t come here to sit around for too long. That’s good, that’s what we want. And Jordan will be similar too.

Competition: Horvath pushing Samba hard is good news for Forest

Horvath will be unhappy that he’s had to sit and suffer after making a mistake in his last Forest outing. His time should come again though.

The American is rated highly and it bodes well that he’s training hard each day awaiting the next opportunity.

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At 26, Horvath is at a nice age to be the understudy to Samba for a few years yet and he’ll fancy wrestling the gloves away from his teammate.

Some errors have crept into the Congolese stopper’s game this season and his performances have been far from immaculate.

For now, Samba will remain the team’s number one goalkeeper but he will need to stay on his toes with Horvath firmly on his tail.

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