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Earnshaw excited by Forest move

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Earnshaw joined the Reds for 2.65m

New Nottingham Forest striker Robert Earnshaw says he had to leave Derby and is desperate to start playing regular first team football again.

Earnshaw endured a frustrating time at Pride Park, starting just seven Premier League games in a miserable season.

"I had to move because I have to play all the time," the Wales international, 27, told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"I don't think my face fitted there. But that's how it goes and it's done and you've got to move on."

But Earnshaw said a two-hour chat with Forest boss Colin Calderwood really sold the club to him and he feels "excited" about joining Derby's arch-rivals.

"I wanted to know where the club's going and what the ambition is and I got a good feeling after talking to the manager," he said.

"The whole package and ambition of the club impressed me. I'm excited about this place. They want to get to the Premier League. They have good players already and they want to get more.

"It's a huge club and I wanted to be a part of where this club is going.

"I'm looking to play, score goals and enjoy my football - that's all I want to do," he said.

EARNSHAW: FACTS & STATS
Robert Earnshaw
Age: 27
International honours: Wales - 13 goals in 39 caps
Clubs & League goals:
Cardiff: 85 goals in 141 starts
Morton: 2 goals in 3 starts
W Brom: 12 goals in 22 starts
Norwich: 27 goals in 41 starts
Derby: 1 goal in 7 starts
Total transfer fee: 12.65m

And if he does that he hopes to force his way back into the international fold, having fallen out of favour in recent months.

"I've got to play here, and if I'm scoring goals I don't see why I won't be in the national set-up," he said.

Calderwood was equally excited about Earnshaw's arrival.

"His record is a standout record for a goalscorer in this division," the Scot said.

"But beyond that, what was the clincher for me was meeting Robert and getting to know him as a person and a man.

"I had a real nice feeling when I left the office that afternoon.

"We know what he has done in the past and that gives him a great chance of doing it in the future."

And Calderwood believes Earnshaw's troubled season at Pride Park will mean very little come the new season.

"Trying to score in the Premier League is different from scoring in the Championship and that is well proven," Calderwood said. "And if you're not in the side then it's impossible.

Calderwood was also unconcerned by the size of the transfer fee - Forest's record signing since David Johnson joined from Ipswich Town for more than 3m seven years ago.

"I'm not particularly perturbed by it," he explained. "It's the way to progress and what it costs is irrelevant to me.

"The fact that we can go and compete at that level is a really positive sign."


see also
Earnshaw completes Forest switch
30 May 08 |  Nottm Forest


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