The City Ground (Credit: Ritchie Sumpter)

Sam Surridge says it was a “whirlwind” transfer deadline day as he completed a last-minute transfer from Stoke City to Nottingham Forest.

The 23-year-old had seemingly been set for a loan move to Cardiff City until Steve Cooper jumped in at the eleventh hour to hijack the move.

Discussing the move to Forest, he said: “It feels amazing to be here. As soon as I heard Forest were involved I knew it was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.

“I can’t wait to get started. I’m glad it’s done now.

“It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours. As soon as I heard about the interest I just wanted to get here right away.”

Surridge played on-loan at Swansea City in the 2019/20 campaign, netting seven goals in 23 appearances for the south Wales outfit.

“I got on really well with Steve at Swansea and I felt he got the best out of me,” said Surridge.

“He’s a great young manager and I get on with him really well.

“I know Forest didn’t get off to the best start this season, but since the manager has come in it has only gone upwards.

“If I can help in anyway between now and the end of the season, performing the way I can, then that’ll be great.

“I just want to be out there and scoring goals.”

Head Coach Steve Cooper added: “We’re delighted that Sam has joined us.

“He’s a player I’ve worked with before, so I know his attributes both as a player and as a person.

“I believe he can excel in the Championship and in the way that we play. We look forward to getting to work with him.”