Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren believes that the club’s new signings this summer have what it takes to challenge for the npower Championship title next season as the former England boss looks to rebuild his own reputation back on home soil.
George Boateng signed for Forest last week from Greek side Skoda Xanthi, and capped off a busy month for McClaren who captured Jonathan Greening from Fulham and brought former City Ground favourite Andy Reid back to the club.
And McClaren has complete confidence that with three new faces to add to the squad, Forest will not only be in the mix for promotion, but they can challenge for trophies. "This group of players had an average age of 23, 24 or 25, that's very young," McClaren told the Forest official website.
"They have experience in the Championship but nothing outside of that, in the Premier League or how to get there and what it means.
"I think we've got to start from that because that's where we want to be in one, two or three years. We are going to achieve it by bringing the likes of George, Jonathan and Andy to the club. They know what it takes and are good professionals.
"They will pass on that experience and knowledge on and off the field to our younger players, who probably need a bit of guidance from them."
McClaren’s considerations of when, rather than if, Forest make it into the top-tier once more, reflect the ambitious goals set by the club this season.
And fans and pundits alike will be watching closely as Forest take on Barnsley, Millwall and Doncaster in their first three matches next season, to see how the new faces contribute.