Jordan Smith would ‘welcome’ extra goalkeeping competition at Nottingham Forest in January


Jordan Smith says he would “welcome” the extra competition at Nottingham Forest, should the club resume their search for a goalkeeper in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old has kept his place as first-choice shot-stopper this season, despite boss Mark Warburton having admitted the Reds looked at “40 or 45 keepers” during the summer.

Forest did sign Adam Federici on loan from Bournemouth, but he was ruled out with a knee injury while on international duty before he had even pulled on a Reds shirt.

That left Smith to pick up from where he left off last term, in between the posts. But with the transfer window opening again in little more than two months’ time, he accepts there is every chance Warburton may again look to bolster his squad in that department.

“You can’t get complacent anyway,” said Smith, who kept his third clean sheet of the campaign in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burton Albion.

“It’s really important to ensure that you do everything you can every game that you’re chosen, to make sure that you’re kept in the side. That’s very important anyway.

“But with January looming there’s going to be speculation and I’m sure we’re going to be linked with other goalkeepers again. But it’s welcome competition. It’s very healthy competition.

“I’m looking forward to that challenge again and just hope that I can prove I deserve my shirt.”

Jordan Smith claims a cross comfortably for the Reds against Burton

Smith only made his Forest debut back in January, when he came off the bench to replace the injured Stephen Henderson during a 5-1 defeat at Norwich City.

He insists he was not concerned about the club scouting goalkeepers in the summer, focusing instead on doing his job for the team.

“It didn’t bother me at all, in fairness,” said Smith.

“It was easy to keep focused because I was playing. The games were a welcome distraction, as well as the fact no-one actually came through the door.

“It was really easy to keep focused, but it would be silly of me to say that I got my head turned because of speculation, because there’s always going to be speculation.

“It’s good that we’re a club in a position where we can go and recruit more talent, and add to an already talented squad. That’s a good thing moving forward.”

And there is already some more competition in the mix, with Henderson having recovered from his ruptured Achilles, while Dimitar Evtimov made an appearance in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season.

“It’s a great group, our goalkeeping group. There’s nothing but respect between us,” Smith said.

“We work really well together and actually we’re quite good friends.

“With Stephen coming back, he’s really pushing me. But that’s healthy competition and that’s how it’s got to be.”

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