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O'Driscoll's loan benefit

Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll believes his players out on loan will benefit from more first-team football.

Midfielder Jonathan Greening joined Reds striker Marcus Tudgay on loan at npower Championship rivals Barnsley on Wednesday.

Greening, 33, made 36 appearances for Forest last season following his arrival from Fulham but new signings Henri Lansbury and Adlene Guedioura have moved ahead of him in the pecking order and on Wednesday he joined the Tykes until January 2, 2013.

"You never say never in football, there's no point in me saying that he's never going to play for Forest again because Jonathan has been a super pro in my time here," said O'Driscoll. "What we don't want to do is shut the door on anything because football is a strange game.

"We are trying to be fair to the boy. He's not played that much and it can be a bit sole destroying if you come into training everyday and you're not playing on Saturday.

"He expressed a wish, when Barnsley came in, that it would be good for him as they want to play him in a midfield role that would suit him at this stage of his career, so it seemed the fair thing to do. I hope he does really well and gains match fitness, so that if I want to recall him and play him then we can do that."

Strikers David McGoldrick (Coventry), Matt Derbyshire (Oldham), Ishmael Miller (Middlesbrough), Robbie Findley (Gillingham) and goalkeeper Karl Darlow (Walsall) are also on temporary deals away from the City Ground.

"Getting players out on loan puts players in the shop window," said O'Driscoll.

"David McGoldrick is the prime example. He had not played for so long but he has done really well. Matt Derbyshire is the same, Marcus Tudgay is the same."