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Toshack Welcomes Gunter Move

Chris Gunter

Nottingham Forest have signed Tottenham Hotspur and Wales international Chris Gunter on loan until the end of the season.

Wales boss John Toshack is delighted the defender is at last getting first-team football ahead of two vital World Cup qualifiers.

The 2007 Championship Apprentice of the Year, who joined Spurs from Cardiff in January 2008, found himself on the sidelines at White Hart Lane but made his debut for Forest at the weekend in a 5 – 0 defeat at Burnley.

Toshack said:

“Gunter is at least playing regularly now. He was on the wrong end of a hammering at Burnley last weekend but I would rather he was playing after what has happened to him at Spurs.”

With World Cup qualifiers at home to Finland on 28th March and Germany on 1st April, Toshack clearly values the importance of Gunter getting regular competitive football.

“I’m not concerned that he has gone to Forest, who are struggling a bit, players have to make these decisions and I just want to see him getting regular matches, and he is at a level in the Championship where we have several of our players performing.”

“The last time we were together as a squad, Chris talked to me about what he should do because there were a few offers of loans for him. My advice was to talk to his Club manager and then make a decision. But it is better for us that our lads are playing regularly.”

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