Nottingham Forest confirm signing of Burnley goalkeeper Hennessey

Nottingham Forest confirm signing of Burnley goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to provide competition for Dean Henderson – as the Welsh international pens a two-year contract at the City Ground

  • Nottingham Forest complete the signing of Burnley keeper Wayne Hennessey
  • The 35-year old Wales international will bring competition for Dean Henderson
  • Forest needed strengthening in that department after Brice Samba left the club 
  • Hennessey has signed a two-year deal with the newly promoted top flight side 

Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of Burnley goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey on a free transfer.

The 35-year old Wales international has signed a two-year deal at the City Ground and will bring competition for Dean Henderson who joined on loan from Manchester United earlier this month.

Forest needed strengthening in that department after Brice Samba indicated he would not sign a new contract and left to join Lens.

 The Welsh international has penned a two-year contract with Steve Cooper’s team

Speaking to the club website, Hennessey said: ‘I’ve come up against Forest a lot in the past and it’s a fantastic club. There’s a great fanbase and the atmosphere at The City Ground is up there with the best in the game. It’ll be a different level now that we’re back in the Premier League.

‘I have also played with and against a few of the Forest players. It’s a very exciting time to come on board and I can’t wait to get involved and start training here at the Nigel Doughty Academy.’

The 35-year-old spent one season with Burnley after an eight year stint at Crystal Palace, before signing for Steve Cooper’s newly promoted side.

The 35-year-old shot stopper spent eight seasons at Premier League outfit Crystal Palace 

The Wales international has already joined up with his new squad ahead of their friendly with Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday.

Forest manager Steve Cooper said: ‘Wayne is an excellent goalkeeper who has proven himself at the highest level over many years.

‘He’s helped Wales reach new heights in the international game and he has a wealth of Premier League experience. However, Wayne is also a great character and he is a very strong addition to the Nottingham Forest dressing room.’

The former Burnley goalkeeper will bring competition for United loanee Dean Henderson

Congolese goalkeeper Samba made his intentions to leave clear to Forest last month, before the club offered him a deal that did not meet the shot stoppers’ demands.

Suggestions are that Samba did not feel the proposed contract reflected his importance to the squad, or what he had achieved in three years with the side. 

Therefore, Nottingham Forest decided to sign Hennessey – who was restricted to just two appearances at Turf Moor last season. 

Hennessey played second fiddle to Nick Pope during the 2021-2022 season and has been deemed as a surplus to the requirements despite the England goalkeeper’s departure.

Former Forest keeper Brice Samba left the club for Lens despite playing big role in promotion 

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