Doug de­light at se­cur­ing Modou loan

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Jamie Holt

DOUGIE Freed­man says he was not about to miss out on Modou Barrow for a sec­ond time af­ter snap­ping the winger up on loan for Not­ting­ham For­est.

Freed­man tried to sign the 22year-old last sum­mer when he was man­ag­ing Bolton, but cash-strapped Trot­ters couldn’t af­ford the deal.

Barrow went on to sign for Pre­mier League side Swansea, but when Freed­man heard the Dutch­man was avail­able tem­po­rar­ily he moved fast.

“I had him on trial at Bolton for ten days in pre-sea­son and he re­ally im­pressed me,” said the For­est boss. “Un­for­tu­nately we couldn’t get the fi­nances to­gether. A cou­ple of months later, not to my sur­prise, he went to Swansea.

“When the op­por­tu­nity came up to sign him I had no hes­i­ta­tion to move in very quick on it.”

The 22-year-old Gam­bia-born winger joined the Swans from Swedish club Oster­sunds last Septem­ber. He has made nine ap­pear­ances for the Welsh side this sea­son but his only Pre­mier League start came against Sun­der­land at the Lib­erty Sta­dium on Fe­bru­ary 7.

“He’s mo­bile, he’s quick, he’s got a won­der­ful left foot,” added Freed­man. “He’s a re­ally ex­cit­ing young player who wants to do well in this coun­try.”

How­ever, Freed­man’s hopes of adding ex­tra fire­power to his squad for a late as­sault on the Cham­pi­onship play-off places suf­fered a blow when he was knocked back in an ap­proach for Black­burn striker Jor­dan Rhodes.

The Reds wanted to bring the 25year-old in on loan with a view to a per­ma­nent move in the sum­mer.

“I made a phone call to (Black­burn manager) Gary Bowyer and he was very open and hon­est with me,” said Freed­man. “He told me he’s not go­ing to come on loan so that was the end of the con­ver­sa­tion.”

Mean­while, For­est mid­fielder Andy Reid has ad­mit­ted that he is un­likely to play again this sea­son as his in­jury night­mare rum­bles on.The 32-year-old has been side­lined since last Septem­ber by a groin in­jury.

“I’m on a new re­hab pro­gramme and it’s un­der con­stant re­view, but the games are run­ning out,” said Reid.

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