Nico Yennaris has revealed that he always had a good relationship with former Brentford manager Mark Warburton, even if the midfielder found playing time limited.
The 24-year-old made only 11 appearances in just over a year working with Warburton with the last coming in the 3-0 defeat at Charlton in February 2015.
Despite limited playing time, Yennaris does not have any complaints about his time under the now Nottingham Forest boss.
He said: “Warbs was always really good to me. It was unfortunate in the time I was here. I was a bit unlucky as I may have picked up an injury at certain times.
“It was a bit of misfortune for myself. He was always good to me and his door is always open. He was open to chat and give me an honest answer. There was no hard feelings.”
Warburton allowed Yennaris to leave on loan to Wycombe and the midfielder thanked him for giving him what turned out to be the kickstart of his senior career.
He added: “Credit to him for allowing me to go as some managers wouldn't do that. I can only thank him for allowing me to go and it kickstarted my career and I have been playing regularly since then.”
Yennaris has a good record against Nottingham Forest, scoring his first goal for the Bees at the City Ground in April 2016.
Despite that, he sees the fixture as just another game, even though Brentford have a superb record against Forest in the last three years.
“We take it as another game for us. We have to focus on one game at a time. As long as we do the right things on Saturday we can come away with the win,” he added.
“The fans always play a big part getting behind the team and that's what we want as players. We understand if there's a bad game we'll get stick and we have take it on the chin like at any club.
“The main thing is we all stick together and push in the right direction such as those tough away games on a Tuesday night in December that they help us get over the line.”
Yennaris suffered an injury setback during pre-season after featuring in every game last year.
What made that feat more remarkable was the fact that the midfielder was doing so battling an injury but he insisted everything is fine now.
“Everything is fine. I had a minor setback and missed two games. It was nice to get more minutes on Tuesday. I've recovered now and I'm ready for Saturday,” he explained.
“I've been on top of it over the summer and managing it as well as I can and I've been feeling a lot better.
“It's a long season and as long as I recover properly and look after my body I'm sure I'll be fine.”