BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, January 14, 2011
As Robbie Findley begins his work permit appeal process today so that he can officially join Nottingham Forest, the club's coach has admitted that he wants to bring in more Americans.
Forest coach Billy Davies, 46, told The Nottingham Post that he will target American soccer players for future signings after signing Findley and missing out on Stuart Holden.
"Americans have an excellent attitude and great athleticism," Davies told the Nottingham Post. "It is a very good market place for players. The ones I have dealt with have been top class. I just think the Americans are a vastly improving nation, when it comes to [soccer]. I believe it is a good marketplace for players."
The Glasgow-born Davies also addressed the issue of Findley who the club signed with the deal contingent on the forward obtaining a UK work permit.
The process for getting a permit can be difficult. If a player has not appeared in enough games for his national team, it becomes a subjective process where the club must convince an appeals board of his value. That is what they are going to have to do with Findley.
"We present our case to the panel about the player, explaining how good an acquisition he would be for the club," Davies explained. "It is not new territory for me. I have been down this road many times. Some I have won, others I have lost. But all we can do is go down and present our case and do our best to explain what it means to us."