Big Leicester City defender Wes Morgan is fired up for Forest clash
Wes Morgan has admitted that tomorrow's clash with Nottingham Forest will be extra special.
The big defender spent 10 years at Forest before joining Leicester City in January.
Inevitably, the club still holds a special place in his heart, but the City skipper says he is focused on achieving something wearing a blue shirt that he could not in a red one – promotion to the Premier League.
"I spent a long time at Forest, and I have a lot of fond memories and good times there," he said.
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"One of the big regrets is that I was never part of a Forest side that reached the Premier League.
"One of the things I wanted to do at Forest was get promoted to the Premier League.
"It didn't quite work out like that. But I wish them all the best and I am sure that one day they will actually make it.
"Now I want to achieve that dream with Leicester. I came here because I wanted the challenge and we have a great chance this season."
Despite his move, Morgan still keeps in touch with his home-town club.
"I keep in contact with a lot of players who are there and it is a big game for us, and me," he said.
"The Forest academy is quite well known for producing good players.
"I am quite thankful to have come through an academy where the likes of Jermaine Jenas, Michael Dawson and Andy Reid came through. They have all gone on to do good things.
"To have played for my home-town club and the 10 years I spent there were fantastic. All my family and friends are Forest fans and, sometimes, I have to step back and think, 'wow, I did that'. It is a great achievement."
Morgan's presence on the pitch will ensure there will be a small group of Forest fans who will not mind a City victory – his family.
"My family will be at the game and they are Forest fans," he said.
"Since I have joined Leicester they have come to most of my games and support me. It will be strange for them but, hopefully, they are coming to support me first and then secondly Forest."
Morgan has experienced the buzz of the East Midlands derby from both camps and he admits the games are fantastic occasions.
"When you walk down that tunnel and the crowd is louder than normal, it is great," he said.
"It has an effect on the team. It gives you extra adrenalin and you want to go out there and perform for the fans."