Carlisle United boss Paul Simpson has heaped praise on young Nottingham Forest gem Fin Back.
In an interview with The Cumberland News and Star, the boss has claimed that the right-back is a big signing for the League Two club.
Back joined the Cumbria-based outfit last month and has helped the team make a decent start to the season.
Simpson has overseen a win and two draws from three games, with last night’s game against Grimsby abandoned.
Back looks to have confirmed a place in the team already and he looks set for a bright future.
Last season he began the campaign as Forest’s first-choice right-back when Chris Hughton was at the club.
He was pushed down the pecking order when Djed Spence arrived but he has bags of potential.
Now, Back has a massive chance to get some games under his belt and showcase his talent on a different stage.
Simpson is delighted with his loan signing and he’s admitted to being surprised at the impact he’s had so far.
He told The Cumberland News and Star: “Definitely (better than I imagined). I knew from conversations I had with him that he seemed a really good professional and from my conversations with Steve Cooper…he really likes him.”
“He thinks he’s got a hell of a chance. It’s a massive one for us to get him in, it really is.
“Fin’s been excellent and hopefully, he carries on that way.”
Simpson praise for Back should boost confidence even further
When called upon, the young Forest starlet was never shy to express himself on the pitch.
Admittedly, this time last year he was probably thrown in at the deep end under Chris Hughton, amid several injuries.
That didn’t faze the youngster though and he never let himself down when called upon.
It seems that the academy lads have it instilled in them at a young age that they must be confident in their own ability as they progress through the ranks.
Back is no exception and it’s great to hear Simpson raving about the Forest gem after just a few appearances.
Simpson does have some injured players on their way back, with some of those more senior than the Forest loanee.
That will hand the youngster another challenge when it comes to keeping his place in the team.
Going by what his boss has said, however, it seems likely that he will be up for the task of keeping hold of his shirt this season.