Ex-Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Johnson has exclusively told Seat Pitch that he knew John Terry was destined for big things.

It is 19 years to the day since John Terry made his first-team debut with the Reds in a game against Charlton Athletic.

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The game finished 1-1 and Terry would play a further five matches for Forest during a short stint.

Johnson, once a £2.2 million signing for Forest, according to The Independent, was at the club when the ex-England captain made the switch to the City Ground.

He said: “John was fantastic. His quality on and off the pitch was there for all to see. He was a born leader destined to go and do what he did.

 

“He had such a stature about him even as a 20-year-old. I can’t speak highly enough of him. He was a fantastic pro, a humble guy and he had a great playing career.”

Terry went onto have a stunning career in English football serving Chelsea and England with distinction.

He played 530 club games and collected 78 caps for his country, making him one of the most decorated players of a generation.

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Terry is currently assistant manager to Dean Smith at Aston Villa and Johnson believes the former Forest loanee will manage one day.

He continued: “He’ll be a manager one day. He’s cutting his teeth at Villa just now but I have no doubt he will become a good manager at some point in his career.”