Nottingham Forest's Jonathan Greening banks on experience

Jonathan Greening
Greening only started six games for Fulham last season

Nottingham Forest's Jonathan Greening hopes his vast experience will help his new club earn promotion this season.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who has signed a three-year deal, told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I have played over 400 games and for some big clubs.

"I have played in the Champions League and also won the league with West Brom so I know a bit about the Championship.

"It's a very young squad. Steve McClaren (Forest boss) wanted some experience and I can bring that."

Greening, who joined the Reds from Premier League side Fulham earlier in the week, added: "I can't wait to get started. Forest have some good, exciting players and I want to be a part of it and help them get back to the Premier League.

"I helped West Brom get back to the Premier League and hopefully I can do that with Forest as well. Hopefully I can be a steady influence on the younger lads as well."

Greening, who won the Championship title with West Brom in 2007-08, knows McClaren from a total of five years together at Manchester United and Middlesbrough.

And he said the former England manager's presence and quality played a key part in luring him to the City Ground.

"It was a big factor," Greening added. "I was looking to leave Fulham because I didn't play as often as I wanted to, so for Steve to come in and show interest in me was brilliant.

"I worked with Steve at Man Utd for two years and for three years at Middlesbrough so he knows what I am all about and I am really looking forward to working with him again.

"You don't get a big club like Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson come in for you if you have nothing about you.

"He won the treble in his first year there, his sessions are great, he is well organised and I think he will do a really great job. It will be a great benefit having him about as is a very experienced guy."