Former Premier League striker Dean Ashton has heaped praise on Nottingham Forest over their plans to redevelop the City Ground, in an interview with Football League World.

The former West Ham United man was forced to hang up his boots at the age of 26 following a serious ankle injury.

He mustered 93 goals during his career, with 22 coming in the top flight with the Hammers and Norwich City.

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Ashton also won an England cap in 2008 and now works as a pundit for EFL on Quest.

Forest announced plans to raise the City Ground capacity to 38,000 last week, courtesy of the Nottingham Post.

The decision taken by the owners will see the Reds remain in their home that sits in picturesque fashion upon the banks of the River Trent.

 

Ambitious plans have been greeted by excited supporters and Ashton has backed the decision also.

He told Football League World: “I think the new stadiums are overrated.

“Of course they look great and the facilities are superb but you lose the atmosphere in a lot of them.

“The plans look superb for the ground and the surrounding area and it’s a great statement for the club to be doing this. If I was a supporter I would be absolutely delighted to be staying at home.”

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Ashton’s thoughts mirror those of the vast majority of Forest supporters who can’t wait for the City Ground redevelopments to begin.

As confirmed by the Nottingham Post, the Reds are working to ensure that work on the stadium can commence during the summer of 2020.