Garner flourishing at Forest
James Garner provides us with a detailed lowdown on his loan spell at Nottingham Forest...
Are you playing in a deeper position in midfield? Yeah, that's what I've been doing and what I like to do. I think I'm very comfortable in that position. I think everyone would say it's probably my preferred position. “I like to see everything in front of me - runs and players popping into pockets, things like that. I like to be on the ball as much as I can and be the one who makes the passes and who makes the goals. It's something I am really enjoying, sitting there and dictating the play. It's good.” You used to have mentoring sessions with Michael Carrick - has that insight helped you now you're playing senior football? "There was something that definitely re-jogged my mind a week or so ago,” Garner told us. “I was speaking to one of my mates, Angel [Gomes], and talking about the things I used to do with Michael; the little tips he used to give me. “You know, most of it sounds so basic but some of the basic things are hardest to do. If things are playing on your mind, it will help you with a split second more [time], so it's definitely something that has helped me and will continue to help me.” Is it a case of buying yourself some time and space on the pitch? “Literally that. Buying yourself that extra split second. Always looking forward, always thinking forward, always having a picture in your head before you receive the ball. Things like this. “It's just having the idea and he said to me if you're thinking about doing that before the game, it will just naturally come when the ball does come. You're already thinking what you are going to do. “It's something that definitely helped me, like I said, and I hope it continues to help me.”