Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien has left his childhood club and signed for Premier League outfit Nottingham Forest.
Welcome to Nottingham Forest, Lewis O'Brien ❤️
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) July 20, 2022
Lewis O’Brien Signs for Nottingham Forest
Midfielder Bolsters Premier League Newbies
Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien has signed for play-off rivals Nottingham Forest. The 23-year-old has moved to the top flight after the Terriers failed to replicate their 2017 season by winning the biggest game in football after losing against Forest in the Championship playoff final.
O’Brien becomes the ninth signing of the summer window for the newly promoted side. The 23-year-old had never been with any other club, except for one short loan spell with Bradford City, since signing with the Terriers at age 11.
The midfielder made 50 appearances in all competitions for the Terriers last season. Netting three times and three assists made O’Brien an attractive target. Forest Manager Steve Cooper has been busy this window, bringing in players to strengthen the squad ahead of a tough season in the top flight.
O’Brien is a shrewd signing for Forest, as Huddersfield will miss the midfielder player. However, the 23-year-old is ready for the Premier League and would have stayed in Yorkshire, had the Terriers won the playoff final. The midfielder has put pen to paper on a long-term contract.
Lewis O'Brien: "The fans turnout in their numbers week after week and they’ve waited so long for Premier League football. It’s now up to myself and the rest of the team to make sure we keep a smile on their faces." #NFFC pic.twitter.com/ma8oLdFtGF
— Forest Watch (@ForestWatch_) July 20, 2022
What Was Said
Cooper said on bringing in the midfielder: “We are delighted to secure the signing of Lewis O’Brien and we are thrilled to get this one over the line.
“He was one of the standout players in the Championship last season and possesses many of the qualities that we are looking for to strengthen the midfield unit.
“At 23 years of age, and with an abundance of experience already, I am confident Lewis will play a pivotal role next year and I look forward to watching him grow as a player over the coming months.”
O’Brien added: “I’m delighted to join Nottingham Forest at such an exciting time. Having played at The City Ground last season I’ve experienced the atmosphere and when the opportunity came about to join Forest, it was a no-brainer for me.
“You only have to look at Forest’s turnaround last season to see that something special is happening here at the moment, and after my first conversation with Steve Cooper it was obvious we both share the same vision and I’m buzzing to be part of the project.
“The fans turn out in their numbers week after week and they’ve waited so long for Premier League football. It’s now up to myself and the rest of the team to make sure we keep a smile on their faces.”
Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has set out the club’s intentions for the season, having splashed around £60 million before this addition.