Dorus De Vries thanks Forest for allowing ‘dream move’ to Celtic

first_imgDe Vries is no stranger to Scottish football, having been a star between the posts for Dunfermline before joining Swansea City, where he worked under current Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.And the chance to team up with the Northern Irishman again was one the player couldn’t pass up.“When Brendan arrived at Swansea straight away we had a good connection in terms of how he wanted to play, he’s a good man manager, he’s really well prepared and throughout the year we created a good bond, I performed really well under him that year.“Getting promoted to the Premier League, it was a special year for all of us, seeing Scott Sinclair too it brings back good memories.“I worked with goalkeeping coach Stephen Woods in the past too at Dunfermline so I think for the management it’s nice to see someone they know and what kind of character they bring to the dressing room.”His arrival sparks competition for the number one jersey with Scotland internationalist Craig Gordon while Logan Bailly is still at the club. Youngsters Leo Fasan and Conor Hazard are also vying for a spot between the sticks. De Vries added: “It’s up to the manager, I played well last year at Forest, I got player of the year and players’ player of the year, which is always nice to be recognised by fans and players. “I just hope to bring that momentum into this season and bring that positive attitude that I had last year and bring it into this club.“It’s up to the manager to decide, I respect the goalkeepers who are here. “Craig Gordon is a great goalkeeper, Logan Bailly is the same, young Leo Fasan coming through the ranks there is good competition to become a better goalkeeper but its up to the manager to decide.”De Vries has also enjoyed spells at Wolves and ADO Den Haagafter after starting his career at Dutch side SC Telstar. “I’ve always dreamt of it, always dreamt it would happen.“As a player it’s always something that you want to be part of, that you strive to be part of, so I’m really to be here and I’m glad that even at this stage in my career I can have a move like this.”“A couple of weeks ago I heard the club were interested but there was never a doubt in my mind that I wanted to come. In the beginning Forest were a little reluctant as you don’t want to sell your player of the season but I expressed my feelings to the chairman and said this would be a dream come true for me, please listen to it. “Luckily they were open to it and in the end. I’m here. I’m a really happy man.” Dorus De Vries has thanked former club Nottingham Forest for allowing him to complete his “dream move” to Celtic.The Dutch shot stopper signed a two-year deal with the Scottish champions after passing a medical in Glasgow.De Vries, 35, was Forest’s player of the year last term and he has thanked the English Championship side for granting him his wish to depart the City Ground for the Scottish champions.He said:”I’m delighted, I’m really really happy. In front of you sits a guy who is really proud and I’m really happy to be here, a great feeling.last_img read more