As expected, Forest have completed the loan signing of Todd Kane from Chelsea, via Bristol City.
The 21-year-old defender has joined until the end of the season, replacing Jack Hunt who has returned to Crystal Palace, who will presumably find someone able to spend money on transfers to buy him.
Amusingly - or not, as the case may be - Kane's signing has apparently been made possible by the 'Sky Bet Transfer Fund prize', the lottery that Forest fan Shaun Lander won in December, giving Forest £250,000 to spend on a player of their choosing.
As we said at the time, it was a fairly stupid prize that could've gone to someone who actually needed it, rather than a relatively well-off Championship club who, as predicted, would probably spend the money on wages for a loan from the Premier League. Specifically in this case, one of the richest clubs in the world.
Good of the FL to point out #NFFC could spend their £250k winnings on wages of loan players. So the money effectively goes to a PL club...— James Maw (@JamesMawFFT) December 16, 2014
Still, Kane could be a useful addition to the Forest squad, as Chelsea TV commentator Matt Davies wrote on Tuesday:
An industrious, tough tackling full back who likes to get forward whenever possible, Kane has learned all he can from development football.
At 21, he is of an age where he ought to be playing regularly in order to continue his progression. Having joined Chelsea as an under 8, he is still wedded to the idea of making it as a first-teamer for the Blues. However, with Mourinho favourite Branislav Ivanovic as well as Cesar Azpilicueta, whose natural position is right back, and the highly regarded Andreas Christensen all in his way, Kane is surely realistic enough to know that in all probability his future lies elsewhere.
Kane said, on the Football League website: "I’m really looking forward to this next challenge in my career. Forest are a huge club with great tradition and I hope to help them achieve success during my spell with them."
Stuart Pearce told the BBC's Robin Chipperfield: "To get Todd, obviously has been important to us, especially with Jack leaving the club, and Dan Harding as well, so it gives us another option in the full-back position. We're really, really pleased.
"Yes, I see him primarily as a right-back. I think that'll be his position, where he's naturally at, and that'll be the position we look to play him."
As an aside, and perhaps we're reading too much into this, but it was slightly amusing that the Forest website announced the signing 'until the end of the season', whereas Chelsea's site specified it would be until May 25. That's the date of the playoff final.