Confirmation our new ‘keeper is Camp..

Lee Camp reminisces about a recent fishing trip

Popular former loanee Lee Camp looks set to be confirmed as our fourth signing of the season after Forest have announced that we’ve agreed an undisclosed fee with Queens Park Rangers, and terms with the player himself.  Certainly speculation has been mounting for a while, particularly after Paul Smith returned to training wearing a kit with 21 rather than 1 on it (not that squad numbers have been decided yet,  but Camp wore 21 whilst on loan with us).

Subject to a medical he will be joining us for an undisclosed fee from the London club, and signing his name to a four year contract.

Camp became universally popular after saving a penalty at former club (and the team he supported as a lad) Derby County, and celebrating rather enthusiastically.  Certainly his tenure in goal coincided with some degree of turnaround in our fortunes on the pitch, and upon his departure Paul Smith returned in outstanding form – so having a bit of healthy competition in such a key position makes a welcome change.

Of course, that wasn’t the last we saw of Lee Camp, his bungled attempt to claim a cross for QPR allowed us to nick the points at the City Ground, so he even did us favours whilst wearing the colours of another team!  Whilst I welcome the signing as I would the majority of them, I don’t quite buy into the hype that some quarters lavish upon him, so will be viewing with great interest should be be our starting choice just how he performs – and indeed, how long he retains his status with our notoriously fickle supporters!

Welcome aboard, Lee – it’s great we now have to genuinely credible choices to play in goal, both ‘keepers will now have to stay on their toes to keep their place – which is great for the team.  Although can we please for the love of god come up with a better chant than ‘Lee Camp is a Forest fan’, being a slightly grumpy old sod I find that incredibly embarrassing.

Can’t wait ’til this time next year to see if we can finally bottom-out the ‘Smith vs Camp’ debate – if both players can develop from the other, then we could end up with two excellent goalkeepers!