John of the Rovers…

Utility player John Thompson has gone on a short term (one month) loan to League One rivals Tranmere Rovers today – which is a bit of a bolt from the blue! He’s apparently being brought in as cover for the injured Robbie Stockdale, who’s hurt his hamstring recent. So it looks as though he’ll be covering right-back, which is where he started out in the first team for Forest, and I remember him impressing there the first time I saw him play at the City Ground.

A centreback by trade, and recently utilised as a defensive midfielder, Thompson has struggled to get into the first team lately – sometimes I wonder whether he’s a victim of his own versatility in failing to get a regular place in the side. His ‘natural’ position sees Breckin, Morgan and Cullip ahead of him, at right back he’d need to displace Curtis, and in midfield Perch and Holt (when fit) can both cover the defensive role.

You read mixed reports about his attitude off the pitch, but frankly, I think the idea of getting a short term move to get regular first team football is a really positive thing – it gives him a chance to play, which is presumably what any footballer wants (except for Alan Rogers, obviously), and will give the Forest staff a chance to see him in regular non-reserve action to see whether or not they do have long term plans that include him… good luck Thommo – and watch out for Gaz Taylor’s elbows in training!


Bradford get rid of lard-arse..

Alan Rogers, the self-confessed Premiership standard left back, has been dumped by Bradford City to free up some cash to secure other players on a contract – which is quite amusing.  The chubby Scouser was on a week to week contract having been released by Forest having contributed bugger all since Kinnear signed him for his second Forest spell, including being banned from the dressing room!

Colin Todd, the Bantams manager, claims to be disappointed to not be able to retain the services of Rogers, but ultimately it goes to show that the man who thought he was ‘too big’ for Stoke not that long ago when we were trying to offload him perhaps has a few ideas above his station right now – as he now finds himself without work.

It will be interesting to see if and when another team offers him an opportunity, and what level they are at – certainly rumours of dressing room unrest, rifts and bad influence didn’t endear him to Forest in his second spell with us – but ultimately it was his shamefully poor performances on the pitch that banged the nails into the coffin of his Forest career – regardless of whatever conspiracy theories he tried to propagate around the press upon his departure from Forest.

Holt and Dobie injuries progressing well

Gary “fastest physio in the west” Fleming has taken some time out to update the Forest website about the operation Gary Holt has undergone recently – he’s very pleased with how it went, and believes he could be back in action in a fortnight – which is quite impressive!  Holt was under the knife last week to treat the knee problem that has been niggling him.

Fleming confirmed that Gary’s knee had ‘settled down’ (presumably this is physio jargon?) and that the midfielder was off his crutches, and back in the gym working towards a quicker return than Forest first feared when he underwent the surgery.  So that’s a good bit of news, and whilst the midfield performed well in spells against Bristol, it won’t do ’em any harm to know that there will be more competition for their places soon with Gary’s return.

Also on the sidelines, seemingly perpetually, is Scott Dobie with a thigh injury, which of course occured almost immediately after the hip injury that’s seen him sidelined since time immemorial.  Fleming described the injury as something common for players returning to action after a long layoff, and has been working with Dobie on strengthening the area he’s strained to ensure it doesn’t reoccur.  So what with Tyson ahead of schedule, it’s all good news from the treatment room at the moment!