Hjelde offered Forest deal
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nottingham Forest have offered Norwegian defender Jon Olav Hjelde a one-year contract at the club.Nottingham Forest have offered Norwegian defender Jon Olav Hjelde a one-year contract at the club.
The 32-year-old returned to Forest after a year away in Korea at Busan Icons, and had to undergo a trial with his former club.
Forest boss Joe Kinnear has been impressed with what he has seen and Hjelde has now been handed a 12-month deal.
"Jon had to prove to me that he deserved a contract and I've seen enough now to know that he does," Kinnear told the club website.
"He has got better and better with every training session as his fitness levels have improved.
"Jon is an experienced player and we need guys like him around. We had it last year with Des Walker and Jon fits that bill."
Kinnear confirmed that Hjelde would be used mainly as back-up to Michael Dawson and Wes Morgan at the back, but his experience will be invaluable.
Forest have also been linked with a move for Metz defender Sylvain Marchal, as Kinnear continues to try and rebuild his side for the season.
Kinnear's plans have already been hit with John Thompson's injury, as he had to undergo surgery on his shoulder after dislocating it on their tour of America.