Fulham fullback Shorey grateful for Forest spell

Aston Villa fullback Nicky Shorey has thanked Nottingham Forest for their support earlier this season.

Aston Villa fullback Nicky Shorey has thanked Nottingham Forest for their support earlier this season.

Shorey is winning praise for his time on-loan at Fulham, but he says his short spell with Forest was crucial in getting his match fitness back on track.

He told fulhamfc.com: "At the time I could have gone to another Premier League club but I didn't feel like that was the right move at the time. Then the window closed to go to a Premier League club so I had to go to a Championship club - that was the only route I had. Nottingham Forest were very interested and I've got to be honest, I probably wouldn't be here at Fulham if it wasn't for Forest giving me an opportunity to go and play games.

"I'll be forever thankful to them; I really enjoyed my time there with Billy Davies. I was looking forward to going back there until Fulham came in and I couldn't turn down the opportunity to join. When you're not playing, you just want to be playing games. I had no worries about dropping down a division to play games - the most important thing is to be playing."

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