Greening the Forest

Nothing on the official yet, but Jonathan Greening has signed for Nottingham Forest according to their website:

The 32-year old Greening reunites with Steve McClaren after spending two full seasons at our club (one on loan, one officially). He made 49 total appearances, scoring just two goals (one being the winner against Pompey in January 2009). His most prolific season was his first, starting 15 league matches and coming off the bench 8 times. Oddly enough, Greening received a booking in 5 of his 7 Europa League games (with one of those booking-free matches being the Europa Final, when he came on in the 119th minute), receiving two one-match bans.

Under Hughes, he featured intermittently throughout the season, making the odd league and cup appearance to total just 10 league cameos. He would go from early November until April without ever getting off the bench in the league.

Although a center-mid by trade, my memory recalls him doing quite well on the left side throughout the years. So, why wasn’t he used there more often? Alas…

A bit-part player throughout the years, Greening will be missed but easily replaced. Under Jol’s reign the club has let go three midfielders, and I would not be surprised to see another face leave assuming that Jol plans on using our burgeoning core of youth (Frei, Donegan, Marsh-Brown, Harris et al).

In other news, Diomansy Kamara has ended up with Kris Boyd at Eskişehirspor. Best of luck, Dio.

10 thoughts on “Greening the Forest

  1. How does Kris Boyd go from leading the SPL in scoring four out of five seasons, to playing for a midtable Turkish club, in just one year?

    1. Also, the Turkish league is stronger than the scottish league. Where was he going to go, realistically?

      Nice re. Greening: missed, but replaceable.

    2. Scott McDonald was leading goal scorer there for a number of years. He can’t get a game for Australia and is not a certain starter for Middlesbrough.

      I am not sure the SPL is the force it once was.

  2. No surprise to see Greening go, but I’m confused about all the midfielders supposedly coming in: Jeffren, Malbranque, Pajtim Kasami and Marcel Gecov. How do they all fit into the grand plan?

  3. Jonathan will put more Greening into the Forest… Wait, sorry was that a joke? Yeah, Greening should have stayed. He seemed liked a character and a personality, which you need in a football team. Now he’ll be captain at Forest and I really think they’ll do well this season under Steve.

  4. Always looked like a strange bit of business by Roy, paying reportedly 4 million for JG. Not a bad player, but never looked worth that sort of money.

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