FREEMAN JOINS NOTTS CO ON LOAN & MAKES HISTORY
13 Jan 2012
twitter.com/Matchtalk (David Jackson)
Kieron Freeman joins #notts on loan from #nffc
At 19 Kieron Freeman will, this weekend, surely become the youngest ever player to have played for #nffc #notts and #stags
... and the only ever to have played for all three in one season!
13 Jan 2012
If Freeman plays for Notts County tomorrow, he will have played three consecutive games for different Nottinghamshire clubs: Mansfield on January 1st, Forest on January 7th, and County on January 14th. That will of course be a first - Martin
14 Jan 2012
Update - Freeman did play for Notts County on January 14th and thus became the first player to play for all 3 Nottinghamshire clubs in the same season. He managed it in consecutive games - Martin
Below, Freeman in action for Notts County in his record-breaking appearance on January 14th. Photo by Dan Westwell.
Defender Kieron Freeman makes a mark in Nottinghamshire
Nottingham-born Kieron Freeman has just joined a small group of footballers, who have played for Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Mansfield Town.
But what makes his feat so special is that the 19-year-old defender appeared for all three sides in successive weeks.
After playing for the Stags in the last game of his loan spell on New Year's Day in a 2-2 at York, Freeman made his first start for his parent club Forest in their FA Cup draw with Leicester City.
The defender then made a loan move to Notts County and made his Magpies debut in their 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth, but Freeman had not clicked he had made a bit of history.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I only just realised when my dad told me 'you will probably be a trivia question one day'.
"I didn't really have a clue but we had a little laugh about it."
After impressing in the Forest youth academy, the teenager was named in the first-team squad for a Carling Cup tie with Bradford in August 2010.
He was an unused substitute as the Reds were beaten by their lower-league opposition.
Freeman continued: "Originally under Billy Davies I got my chance to be on the bench, that was against Bradford.
"I thought I might have got a little 10 or 20 minutes there, just to get used to that environment.
"I finally got my chance under (Steve) McClaren. I played a few pre-season games but that was not at my favoured position. I played centre-midfield. I enjoyed it but it was new to me.
"I was on the bench against Wycombe and he (McClaren) gave me 20 minutes. I came on left wing and really enjoyed it.
"I knew from then I want to be playing matches. I want to be playing in front of crowds.
"All my family are Forest fans. It is still surreal for me. To represent any club is a big honour but to play for Forest is great.
"I have been at Forest since I was eight. To go out and play for your boyhood team is the greatest feeling."
Freeman made his full Forest debut against Leicester last Saturday
Freeman made nine appearances in his two-month loan spell with Mansfield in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
"I have to give a lot of thanks to the Mansfield gaffer Paul Cox for having the guts to take me on board," he said.
"They want to get into League Two and most managers want to play their most experienced players to get there.
"For him to take a chance on a 19-year-old lad, I owe him so much.
"It was great to put on a shirt and know you were playing for a win. You want to win and get up the league.
"All the boys in that team want to get out the Conference so it really means something.
"It was a great feeling when you win a game and get used to the pressures. That's the type of experience I need to boost me on as a player."
Following his FA Cup starting berth in Forest's 0-0 draw with local-rivals Leicester City, Notts County boss Martin Allen came calling and he played in League One against the Cherries last Saturday.
"When I got told I was going to Notts I was chuffed to bits. It was surprising that a League One club wanted me and that I was starting."
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