Darius Henderson hopes to earn himself a long-term stay at Nottingham Forest
DARIUS Henderson hopes to fire the goals that spark Nottingham Forest's promotion push – and earn himself a long-term deal at the City Ground.
The striker, who could make his Reds debut against Watford today, has signed a short-term deal that takes him to the end of the season, after joining on a free transfer from Millwall.
But Henderson, 31, has already set his sights on proving he is worth a longer deal.
"It does motivate me," said Henderson. "It is not the biggest contract in the world, but there is a challenge there for me.
"It is one I am looking forward to taking on.
"I do hope to have a longer-term stay here. That is my focus; my goal.
"I want to prove myself at this club and score the goals that will persuade them to give me the contract I want, with this club."
Henderson believes he has moved from one club with promotion aspirations to another.
"I think it is a realistic goal. Watford is a massive game for us," said Henderson, who will battle Billy Sharp, Simon Cox and Dexter Blackstock for a place in the side.
"Hopefully it will be a good afternoon and we can move closer to the top six.
"Before I came here, when I looked at the forward line at Forest, I did think that it looked competitive and certainly prolific.
"I would like to think me joining it will add some strength in depth.
"If we can all contribute in the right way then, given the chance, it will benefit the team and the club."
And Henderson is particularly looking forward to being reunited with Sharp, who he played with previously at Sheffield United.
"I have played with Billy before, so that will not be too unfamiliar," he said. "I enjoyed playing with Billy at United. I thought we did well.
"Unfortunately, he moved on. But I thought when he was there, we had some good success.
"At every club, you have to get used to playing with new players, whether you are coming in to the club or they are.
"You have to adapt and, if you can do that quickly, you can do well.
"I want to push myself and push the other forwards."