Nottingham Forest sign Kuwaiti international goalkeeper Khalid Al-Rashidi
KHALID Al-Rashidi will become the first Kuwaiti to play professional football in England, after he was granted a work permit to join Nottingham Forest.
The arrival of the goalkeeper, who is an international, is a landmark moment for the club's owners, the Al Hasawi family.
But the 25-year-old is unlikely to be expected to challenge for a first team place immediately.
While he has been capped more than 30 times for his country, Al-Rashidi will be given time to adapt to the English game.
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Karl Darlow is likely to be between the posts when Forest travel to Pride Park for the East Midlands derby on Saturday.
While manager Alex McLeish will continue his search for a more experienced keeper to replace Lee Camp, who has been told he is free to find another club.
Fawaz Al Hasawi, Forest's chairman, said: "I would like to thank the FA tribunal for reaching a positive outcome for the club and for Khalid.
"He is excited about the prospect of becoming the first Kuwaiti to play in English football and helping to spread the name of Forest in Kuwait."
Al-Rashidi had previously been rejected a work permit to play in England, after spending a month on trial at the City Ground in the summer.
But Forest have continued to monitor him while he has been in action for Kuwaiti side Al Arabi.
And they have successfully secured a work permit at the second attempt.