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Last Updated: Friday, 8 July 2005, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Commons pledges future to Forest
By Jonathan Stevenson

Nottingham Forest winger Kris Commons
It was embarrassing for a club the size of Nottingham Forest to be relegated
Forest winger Kris Commons
Nottingham Forest winger Kris Commons has pledged his future to the League One side despite their relegation from the Championship last season.

Commons, 21, was the shining light as the Reds went down and has attracted attention from the Premiership.

But he told BBC Sport: "I read the papers and I see what's said about me but 90% of the stories are rubbish.

"I've spoken to the gaffer and I've expressed my interest in staying at the club and hopefully we'll get promoted."

As a Forest fan Commons admits last season was hard to bear but says they must put relegation behind them.

"I was devastated. It was embarrassing for a club the size of Nottingham Forest to be relegated and it was really depressing throughout the summer," he added.

"It takes a while to sink in, I'm not sure it has fully even now.

"I've had a good look at the fixtures since they came out and it doesn't seem right we're going be playing Chesterfield and Yeovil and Doncaster, it's just unheard of.

"That's why we have to make sure we have a good season. We will go into every game to win three points and see where it takes us."

West Brom and relegated Norwich have both been linked with Commons but he wants to concentrate on getting Forest back into the Championship.

There will be pressure on me next season but you have to deal with it
Kris Commons

"I believe I can achieve my ambitions with Forest but it's going to be difficult because we're in League One," he added.

"We've made some good signings, some experienced players who have been promoted with their other clubs, and that's a good thing as they've got the experience we need to carry us out of the league.

"In the bookies we've been made big favourites but we'll try to block it out, we know how hard teams like Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford have found it down here.

"The likes of Yeovil are going to come to the City Ground and play in front of 20,000 and it will be like a cup final, but we'll have to treat it as our cup final too."

Commons produced some stunning performances last season - notably in the FA Cup fifth round at Tottenham - and he knows there will be pressure on him to shine again this time around.

"I came into a side that was losing games and wasn't playing well so there was no pressure on me, I got thrown in because of injuries and suspensions and tried to keep my place," said the former Stoke wideman.

"I played well against Spurs in the FA Cup and got a lot of confidence from that and the reaction that followed.

"There's going to be pressure on me next season but it's the sort of thing you have to deal with. World-class players have that pressure every time they play."


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