Nottingham Forest have signed two goalkeepers ahead of the 2021/22 SkyBet Championship season.
Chris Hughton’s side struggled throughout 2020/21, eventually finishing 17th, nine points above the relegated Wycombe Wanderers, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday.
Though he can call upon Brice Samba and Jordan Smith, the departures of Abdoulaye Diallo (end of contract) and George Shelvey (loan, Mansfield Town) have left the Forest manager’s options a little lean as they look to rebuild.
With that in mind, the Reds have moved to bring in USA international goalkeeper Ethan Horvath from Club Brugge, and Nicky Hogarth from Rangers.
Horvath has signed a three-year deal at the City Ground after four years in Belgium, and brings international pedigree to the club’s goalkeepers’ union.
He won the CONCACAF Nations League with the USA this year, taking Man of the Match honours in the final, adding more silverware to a career which earlier took in spells at Real Colorado and Molde.
While at Molde, he helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to the second-best defensive record in the league, conceding just 31 in 30 league games.
He gained European experience with Solskjaer in the Europa League over his 56 total appearances, before featuring for Club Brugge in the Champions League and winning three Belgian Pro League titles.
Horvath said of the move to Forest, “It feels great to be here. Nottingham Forest is such a historic club.
“I really like the stadium and training ground and the people have been fantastic.
“It’s a new challenge for me. I’m hoping all my experience can help Forest.
“The shirt carries a lot of history and I’m proud to be part of that.”
Hughton added that he was pleased to add “valuable competition” between the sticks, praising Horvath’s “valuable experience in Europe with clubs of good pedigree and in European competition.”
Nicky Hogarth has also signed for Forest after his contract with SPL champions Rangers expired in the summer.
The Scottish keeper spent time on loan at East Stirling, Stirling Albion and Cowdenbeath during his time at Ibrox.
U23s Head Coach, Andy Reid, was glowing in his praise of an arrival who will likely take George Shelvey’s place as starting goalkeeper for his side.
“Nicky has good experience around the first-team with Rangers, so it’s a really good addition for us.
“A lot of work has gone into the recruitment and we’re delighted to get it over the line.
“He’s a player that we’ve got a lot of hope for. There’s a lot of hard work ahead but we’re pleased to be able to work with him.
“He’s got a real presence, a great stature and a really mature head on his shoulders.
“If he continues to learn and develop with the fantastic staff we have here, there’s no reason why he can’t kick on.”
Forest’s first-team will kick off their season with a trip to Coventry City, before hosting Bradford City in the EFL Cup.
Andy Reid’s U23 side will compete in Premier League 2 Division 2 after the club’s academy was upgraded to Category 1 status.
Their fixtures have not yet been scheduled at time of writing.
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