Today, The Rams confirmed the signing of Kieron Freeman for an undisclosed fee. He will wear the squad number 23 after signing a two-year deal. Nigel Clough on the deal “We’re pleased to bring Kieron to Derby County and he fits the bill in terms of the type of player we are looking to bring into the squad. He’s young, he has potential and we’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen of him, whether it be at Forest or while he was out on loan at both Mansfield and Notts County. He certainly increases our options in defence and midfield and we’re confident he’ll settle in just fine.”
Find out more about Kieron Freeman:
Full name: Samuel Freeman
Date of birth: 21 March 1992 (age 20)
Place of birth: Arnold, England
Kieron Freeman is a Nottingham Forest academy graduate and joined the club at just 8. Aged just 20, he has made two appearances for the club’s first team side. His first taste of first team action came in the League Cup first round back in 2010 against Bradford, he was an unused sub.
That season he was a regular in Forest’s reserves, his performances helped him earn a new contract running to the summer of 2013.
His first appearance for The Reds’ first team came in August 2011 in a League Cup second round game against Wycombe, Freeman came on as a sub for Lewis McGugan. Forest won the game 4-1. Then Forest boss Steve McLaren praised Freeman, McLaren resigned soon after.
In November Conference side Mansfield Town signed Freeman on an emergency loan deal. The deal was later extended by the Stags. In total he made 9 starts for Mansfield as he gained more first team football. The defender returned to the City Ground in early January.
New Forest boss Steve Cotterill gave Kieron his first start for Forest in January 2012 in a FA Cup third round tie at home to Leicester City. The game ended 0-0 and Freeman played the full 90 minutes, helping The Reds to a clean-sheet (few and far between that season!).
Shortly after Notts County signed him on an emergency loan deal, his first appearance came in The Magpies’ 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth. Following his first game in a County shirt he became the youngest player to have played for all three professional Nottinghamshire clubs, and the first to play for the three clubs in consecutive competitive games.
Freeman’s performances in February earned him the Football League’s Young Player of the Month award. Also in February, his loan deal was extended to the end of the season.
Kieron Freeman helped Notts County end the season just outside of the play-offs, a good season for the Meadow Lane club. In total, he scored 1 goal and played 19 times for Notts.
When the season concluded, Freeman returned to Nottingham Forest but did express his desire to rejoin The Magpies.
Notts County manager Keith Curle praised the full-back, here’s what he said- “I think Kieron will play Premier League football.
“If he keeps on progressing the way he is, he has all the attributes.I have very impressed by him. He is level headed and has good ability. He has a calmness about him and a willingness to get forward. He has a rawness and his enthusiasm for the game is fantastic. He wants to learn, he is developing as a player and he is coping with everything. He was shy and timid (when he first arrived) but grew in stature as soon as he went onto the pitch and became an equal,” added Curle. He’s unfazed no matter who he is playing against.”
This summer he has been linked with a move back to Notts County and a move to Gillingham, Keith Curle wanted him back at Meadow Lane as Freeman mad it clear he wanted to leave Forest.
So far Freeman has made 30 appearances in his short career, he has represented Wales at a number of youth levels including the Welsh under-21 side.
Freeman can play either right-back, left-back or even in midfield.