Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of Lewis O’Brien from Huddersfield Town.
It’s been the worst kept secret in the East Midlands but the dynamic midfielder has now put pen to paper.
The Reds have moved to secure the 23-year-old and he joins Harry Toffolo in Nottingham.
O’Brien played 50 times for the Terriers during 2021/22, helping the team reach the play-offs.
Huddersfield came up against Forest in the final, with the Reds winning a poor game 1-0.
Despite suffering heartache in May, O’Brien has taken the ‘cant’ beat them, join them’ mantra to the extreme.
The player has been unveiled just hours before the Reds take on Hertha Berlin this evening at the Pirelli Stadium.
O’Brien is a product of the youth academy at Huddersfield and they will be sad to see him leave.
Shortly after being announced as a new Reds player, Steve Cooper reacted on to the signing.
The head coach told the club’s official website: “We are delighted to secure the signing of Lewis O’Brien and we are thrilled to get this one over the line.
“He was one of the standout players in the Championship last season and possesses many of the qualities that we are looking for in midfield.
“I am confident Lewis will play a pivotal role next year and I look forward to watching him grow as a player.”
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The Reds have hit the jackpot here and the recruitment team really should take a bow.
Forest have held off competition from Leeds and West Ham to complete the signing of O’Brien.
He’s a wonderful midfield player and was called ‘exceptional’ by Carlos Corberan last season.
Forest have been desperate to bolster their midfield ranks, with Ryan Yates out injured for a month.
Jack Colback should play a part during 2022/23 but Cafu and Braian Ojeda are unlikely to be of the required quality.
Naturally, it’s no surprise to see Cooper delighted to get this deal over the line.
He typically gets the best out of younger players and O’Brien could really kick on under his guidance