Michael Carrick has hailed Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis O’Brien after completing a deal to sign the player on loan. The 24-year-old has signed a season-long loan deal with Boro and will be available for their game this weekend.

The player signed for Forest back in the summer of 2022. He joined for £10 million from Huddersfield shortly after the Reds had defeated the Terriers in the Championship Play-Off Final.

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O’Brien endured a frustrating time of things in his maiden Premier League campaign. He made 14 appearances in the first half of the season but was then omitted from the squad for the second half of 2022/23.

As a result of Cooper making that bold call, O’Brien headed off the MLS. He made 17 appearances for D.C. United where he played under Wayne Rooney – a man who played much of his career alongside Boro boss Carrick.

Now, the player who won the lot with the Red Devils has managed to sign O’Brien from Forest. It’s fair to say that he’s buzzing to get it over the line and looks forward to seeing his new signing in action.

He told the club’s official website: “Lewis has tasted success before and we’re delighted to have him on board.

“He’s got good experience, he’s at a good age and he offers something different to what we have.

“His arrival gives us greater options, and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

Forest midfielder O’Brien leaves City Ground on loan

This is a strange one from a Forest point of view. Okay, there are probably players at the City Ground who are better than O’Brien but he was largely useful when he played last season.

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Forest have done well to get him out on loan though. The player needs regular football and hopefully, he can now hit the ground running at Boro.

It’s unclear at this stage what the future holds for O’Brien. In the short-term, he will hope to help Boro win matches and if he does that, Forest might assess the situation in the summer of 2024.

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