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Forest complete Blackstock deal

Dexter Blackstock
Blackstock scored twice for the Reds last season

Nottingham Forest have completed their latest high-profile transfer, by signing striker Dexter Blackstock from Queen's Park Rangers.

The 23-year-old joins the Reds for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract. He played six games for Forest on loan last season.

He is the eighth signing made by Forest this summer, and said: "I can feel what's about to take place here.

"We all want to move forward, I think we can get promotion this season."

The former Southampton and Plymouth striker becomes the sixth forward in the Reds' first-team squad, and knows he faces big competition for a place in the starting line-up.

It's our job to get the club back into the Premiership and that's what we all want to do

Dexter Blackstock

"With the six strikers we've got here, we've got goals in abundance. If we want to get promotion, we need match-winners, and we've definitely got that."

Blackstock joins his good friend David McGoldrick amongst the Reds' strike-force for next season. The pair played together in Southampton's youth team, along with another Forest player, Arron Davies.

Goal Tally 08/09

Robert Earnshaw - 17

Dexter Blackstock - 14

David McGoldrick - 14

Dele Adebola - 10

Joe Garner - 8

Nathan Tyson - 7

Forest spent £1m on McGoldrick earlier in the summer, and they have also added Dele Adebola on a free transfer from Bristol City. The new talent is added to the goals of Robert Earnshaw, Nathan Tyson and Joe Garner, who were the only strikers at the club for the majority of last season.

They were helped out at the end of the campaign by Blackstock, who joined on-loan from QPR for the last six games. In that spell, he scored twice, and endeared himself to the Forest supporters.

"I think you have to come to the club to realise how big it is. The infrastructure of the club is Premiership. It's our job now to get the club back into the Premiership, and that's what we all want to do."



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