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The Blues defender has worked his way back into football after initially retiring due to injury and will now look to get his first run of first-team football at the City Ground

Nottingham Forest have signed Sam Hutchinson from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.

The 23-year old becomes the eighth player to move to the City ground this summer following the Al-Hasawi family's takeover.

Chairman Omar Al-Hasawi told Forest's official website: “Sam is held in the highest regard by Chelsea and we’re grateful to them for allowing him to join us on loan.

“He is an exciting young player who has already shown a lot of grit and determination in his career, characteristics that we are sure will endear him to our supporters.”

Hutchinson was forced to retire in 2010 due to a knee injury but signed a new contract for the Blues the following year after a successful recovery.

The former England Under-19 international will be looking to gain first-team experience at Forest after making his first start for the Champions League holders in their final-day victory over Blackburn last season.

Forest's opening Championship fixture sees them host Bristol City at the City Ground on Saturday.

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