Date:Saturday February 3 2007
Nicky Southall believes Forest's FA Cup run will help make Premiership players out of their young stars.
The midfielder, who moved to Gillingham on deadline day with the chance to take on a coaching role, played in the top flight with Bolton.
And he believes he is leaving behind a host of players at the City Ground who have the potential to make the step up.
Even after they were comfortably swept aside by Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, Southall says that 3-0 defeat could prove crucial in their development.
He said: 'It bodes well for the future of the club to have players like Julian Bennett, James Perch, Sammy Clingan and Grant Holt, and for them to play at places like Chelsea.
'They've got to try to get to this level and if they can it will be an obvious benefit to the club.'
Forest boss Colin Calderwood was reluctant to let Southall leave for the Priestfield Stadium but accepts that, at 35, the offer of a two-and-a-half year contract at his former club was too good a deal for Southall to be denied.
'I hope Forest go on to get promotion,' said Southall. 'They have got some fantastic fans there and deserve to be in a higher league. I am gutted to leave but am delighted to be back at Gillingham.
'It's a dream come true for me. To be here at this stage in my career is the right move for me. I had the option to stay at Forest but I am delighted to be back.'
Nottingham Evening Post
Friendly Newsround! (Saturday July 19 2014)
Michael's The Mancienne For Forest! (Friday July 18 2014)
Bash9's 2013-14 Season Review: The Finale (Friday July 18 2014)
The Red's See Riera Check In! (Thursday July 17 2014)
Forest's Friendly News! (Tuesday July 15 2014)
Season Ticket News (Tuesday July 15 2014)
Djebbour Departs, Abdoun Angry! (Tuesday July 15 2014)
Vital Poll: Your Views On Forest's Stadium (Saturday July 12 2014)
Sky Sports Wants 'You Reds' !!! (Saturday July 12 2014)
Ilkeston FC V Nottingham Forest (Saturday July 12 2014)
|8.||Pope John XXIII||183|
|10. Derby County||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Former Royals striker retires
» Reading : 22/07/2014 14:49:00
|Latics Snap Up Manchester City Youngster On Loan
» Wigan : 22/07/2014 13:39:00
|New Away Kit Announced
» Norwich : 22/07/2014 10:54:00
|Restoring Faith In Humanity
» Ipswich : 22/07/2014 10:35:00
|Long-Term Deal For Defender
» Ipswich : 22/07/2014 10:34:00