Alan Hutton will be a big asset, says Nottingham Forest chairman
ALAN Hutton's experience of playing in the Premier League will be a "big asset" for Nottingham Forest in the coming weeks, according to chairman Omar Al Hasawi.
The Scotland international full-back joined the Reds from Aston Villa yesterday before the emergency loan deadline came to a close.
The 27-year-old will be available for the trip to Wolves in the Championship tomorrow and then eight other games after moving to the City Ground on a loan deal until January 2.
Hutton, who has Champions League experience, was signed by Tottenham for £9million from Glasgow Rangers back in 2008, before making the move to Villa Park in August 2011.
"Like most of the signings we have made, Alan brings great experience to our squad," said Al Hasawi in a club statement. "He has played at the very highest level and will be a big asset to us over the next six weeks."
Capped 28 times by his country, Hutton provides the extra defensive cover boss Sean O'Driscoll had been looking for.
But it also means Forest now have four on-loan defenders in their ranks, with Hutton joining Daniel Ayala, Elliott Ward and Sam Hutchinson.
"We have been looking to add another defender for some time," said O'Driscoll. "We enquired about quite a few people but clubs are reluctant to let their players go which is understandable with the busy Christmas period coming up.
"Alan has great Premier League experience and is looking to put himself in the shop window, so it's a deal that suits all parties.
"He can play in various defensive roles and is a good character."