Simon Cox: Nottingham Forest players would welcome new additions – and an even bigger fight for places
NOTTINGHAM Forest's players could find themselves facing an even bigger fight for places following the January transfer window.
With manager Sean O'Driscoll set to add to his squad again – with a striker, a winger and a defender likely to be at the top of his shopping list – the competition will only be increased within the Reds dressing room.
But striker Simon Cox says the squad would welcome new additions if O'Driscoll does decide to raid the transfer market again.
The Reds striker will battle Billy Sharp and Dexter Blackstock for a starting spot up front at Watford on Saturday, after making a remarkably swift return from an ankle injury.
But, while he admits that is already a considerable challenge, Cox insists he and the players would embrace an even bigger fight for places, if and when new faces come in.
"We would welcome any additions in January, because any signings we make are going to be good signings," said Cox. "There is no way the gaffer would bring a bad player in.
"The club will only bring in players who will enhance the squad, players who will push people all the way to get into the team.
"It will make competition for places even harder, so it will be interesting. But if it makes us stronger, then great.
"I am sure the manager will have ideas about who he wants, I am sure he has a list of possible targets.
"We will see if any come in when January comes, but if they do, we will view it as something positive, because it will only make us stronger."
Cox says he is bracing himself for a battle to return to the side, after winning his fight to recover from an ankle injury that was expected to see him sidelined for two months in barely three weeks.
"I enjoy playing with Billy, I enjoy playing with Dex – and when the manager is able to pick me again, he will have a decision to make," he said. "But I am not expecting to walk straight back into the team.
"The other lads have both done really well. I have been to the last two games – they have played well.
"Against Burnley, they both scored and they gave Brighton plenty of problems as well.
"We have good strength in depth here, I know it is not going to be easy to get back into the team."