Saints defender Dan Harding signs for Nottingham Forest

Daily Echo: DAN HARDING DAN HARDING

SAINTS left-back Dan Harding has signed for Championship side Nottingham Forest.

The 28-year-old left-back has signed a three-year contract and joins fellow new boys Adlene Guedioura, Danny Collins and Greg Halford at the City Ground, who all completed moves this week.

“It’s brilliant, I’m really pleased,” Harding told the club's official website, nottinghamforest.co.uk.

“I spoke to the gaffer Sean O’Driscoll and liked what he had to say. I’m really excited.”

Harding made 25 appearances for Southampton last season as they secured promotion to the Barclays Premier League .

Forest chairman Omar Al Hasawi told the club’s official website: “We’re delighted with the way things are taking shape.

“Like Adlene, Danny and Greg, Dan is an experienced performer and knows what it takes to gain promotion from the Championship.”

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12:40pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Baddesley Bill says...

Wish Dan all the best at his new club...he played his part for us and I'm sure he'll do the same for Forest.
Wish Dan all the best at his new club...he played his part for us and I'm sure he'll do the same for Forest. Baddesley Bill
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12:41pm Sat 28 Jul 12

hedge end bob says...

Thank you Dan for all your good work to help get us where we are today. You have been a good servant of the club and always gave us 100% on the field of play. I wish you every success with your new club Nottingham Forrest. You never know we may see you back at ST MARY'S next season if you win promotion with forrest.
Thank you Dan for all your good work to help get us where we are today. You have been a good servant of the club and always gave us 100% on the field of play. I wish you every success with your new club Nottingham Forrest. You never know we may see you back at ST MARY'S next season if you win promotion with forrest. hedge end bob
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12:41pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Monkey1984 says...

Best of luck Dan, you served us very well in testing times for the club, and you, like others who have played their part should not be forgotten for your contribution. Be proud of what you achieved with the saints, and go and play your part in restoring another one of the country's great clubs! All the best
Best of luck Dan, you served us very well in testing times for the club, and you, like others who have played their part should not be forgotten for your contribution. Be proud of what you achieved with the saints, and go and play your part in restoring another one of the country's great clubs! All the best Monkey1984
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12:45pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Condor Man says...

Reiterating the comments from above Dan Harding has been a good servant over the past 3 seasons but with Danny Fox and Luke Shaw fighting for that place it was right for him to move on.
Reiterating the comments from above Dan Harding has been a good servant over the past 3 seasons but with Danny Fox and Luke Shaw fighting for that place it was right for him to move on. Condor Man
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12:45pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Mongoose says...

Dan it has been a pleasure All th best at Forest You should be very proud
Dan it has been a pleasure All th best at Forest You should be very proud Mongoose
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12:51pm Sat 28 Jul 12

derbydog says...

Always a favourite player of mine, and unlucky not to get at least one game at PL level after all the hard work in getting there. Good luck at Forest.
Always a favourite player of mine, and unlucky not to get at least one game at PL level after all the hard work in getting there. Good luck at Forest. derbydog
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12:56pm Sat 28 Jul 12

priesters says...

Thanks for everything Dan, always committed and played his part to get us where we are now (particularly in League 1).
Will be welcomed back warmly if he ever plays back at St.Marys with Forest or another team.
Thanks for everything Dan, always committed and played his part to get us where we are now (particularly in League 1). Will be welcomed back warmly if he ever plays back at St.Marys with Forest or another team. priesters
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12:59pm Sat 28 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Ditto
Ditto OSPREYSAINT
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1:05pm Sat 28 Jul 12

SimplyAwesome says...

Good Luck Dan, thanks for everything! You played a very important part in getting the Saints back to where we belong! Hope to welcome you back to St Mary's with Forest in the Prem in the future.
Good Luck Dan, thanks for everything! You played a very important part in getting the Saints back to where we belong! Hope to welcome you back to St Mary's with Forest in the Prem in the future. SimplyAwesome
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1:22pm Sat 28 Jul 12

bully0046 says...

The transfer is not complete!! as the paper work has not been completed yet!
The transfer is not complete!! as the paper work has not been completed yet! bully0046
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1:36pm Sat 28 Jul 12

hedge end bob says...

bully0046 wrote:
The transfer is not complete!! as the paper work has not been completed yet!
have a look at SAINTS site it''s on there. Good enough.
[quote][p][bold]bully0046[/bold] wrote: The transfer is not complete!! as the paper work has not been completed yet![/p][/quote]have a look at SAINTS site it''s on there. Good enough. hedge end bob
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1:41pm Sat 28 Jul 12

bully0046 says...

hedge end bob wrote:
bully0046 wrote:
The transfer is not complete!! as the paper work has not been completed yet!
have a look at SAINTS site it''s on there. Good enough.
have a look on Saints Twitter @13:20
THATS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME...

@officialsaints: Despite earlier story, paperwork has not been completed on the Dan Harding transfer to Forest, as such the deal is not complete #SaintsFC
[quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bully0046[/bold] wrote: The transfer is not complete!! as the paper work has not been completed yet![/p][/quote]have a look at SAINTS site it''s on there. Good enough.[/p][/quote]have a look on Saints Twitter @13:20 THATS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME... @officialsaints: Despite earlier story, paperwork has not been completed on the Dan Harding transfer to Forest, as such the deal is not complete #SaintsFC bully0046
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1:52pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Southseachris says...

All the best Dan. I was a bit of a critic of yours but you always gave us everything and were a key part of our success over the past couple of seasons.
All the best Dan. I was a bit of a critic of yours but you always gave us everything and were a key part of our success over the past couple of seasons. Southseachris
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2:01pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Monkey1984 says...

I just noticed it's no longer on the website, at least he knows what we all think of him now!!lol
I just noticed it's no longer on the website, at least he knows what we all think of him now!!lol Monkey1984
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2:07pm Sat 28 Jul 12

GHamilton says...

Sorry to lose you Dan; we would n't be where we are now without you. I think you should have played for us at premiership level, would have been just rewards or all your efforts. All the best at Forest Dan
Sorry to lose you Dan; we would n't be where we are now without you. I think you should have played for us at premiership level, would have been just rewards or all your efforts. All the best at Forest Dan GHamilton
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2:08pm Sat 28 Jul 12

bully0046 says...

@officialsaints: Despite earlier story, paperwork has not been completed on the Dan Harding transfer to Forest, as such the deal is not complete #SaintsFC
@officialsaints: Despite earlier story, paperwork has not been completed on the Dan Harding transfer to Forest, as such the deal is not complete #SaintsFC bully0046
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2:28pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Baddesley Bill says...

Perhaps Dan also has a "third party" whose put a spanner in the works!
Perhaps Dan also has a "third party" whose put a spanner in the works! Baddesley Bill
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3:50pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Reality-man says...

Always seemed to divide opinion. I for one was a big fan. He was great in league one, did his job when asked in the Championship. But even i have to admit i don't think he wuld cut it in the prem. Good luck though Dan
Always seemed to divide opinion. I for one was a big fan. He was great in league one, did his job when asked in the Championship. But even i have to admit i don't think he wuld cut it in the prem. Good luck though Dan Reality-man
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4:00pm Sat 28 Jul 12

D4n1el says...

Surely this must mean a new LB coming in soon? As much as Shaw is a fantastic prospect, I'm sure he won't be expected to provide complete cover for fox.
Surely this must mean a new LB coming in soon? As much as Shaw is a fantastic prospect, I'm sure he won't be expected to provide complete cover for fox. D4n1el
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4:45pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none!
Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none! Fatty x Ford Worker
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4:55pm Sat 28 Jul 12

ghk230473 says...

Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none!
What do you make of the new goalie with the bit in his barnet?
[quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none![/p][/quote]What do you make of the new goalie with the bit in his barnet? ghk230473
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5:15pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

ghk230473 wrote:
Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none!
What do you make of the new goalie with the bit in his barnet?
Oh yeah that mush can take Percy out ant time!
[quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none![/p][/quote]What do you make of the new goalie with the bit in his barnet?[/p][/quote]Oh yeah that mush can take Percy out ant time! Fatty x Ford Worker
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5:54pm Sat 28 Jul 12

SFCOLDBOY says...

I have been a big admirer of Dan since he has been with us.
He was outstanding in league 1.
Certainly more than adequate in the championship.
I watched Dan harding at Brighton last season,in my mind his best performance,he frightened them to death.
He was absolutely brilliant.
Brighton had players falling all over the place to try to get him sent off.
Nigel had to take him off because of this, to prevent us going down to 10 men.
I think it's our loss, I feel he would have been good enough at Prem level,he has pace, something we are still short of.
Good luck at Forest and thanks for your great assist in our fantastic rise through the leagues.
COYR
I have been a big admirer of Dan since he has been with us. He was outstanding in league 1. Certainly more than adequate in the championship. I watched Dan harding at Brighton last season,in my mind his best performance,he frightened them to death. He was absolutely brilliant. Brighton had players falling all over the place to try to get him sent off. Nigel had to take him off because of this, to prevent us going down to 10 men. I think it's our loss, I feel he would have been good enough at Prem level,he has pace, something we are still short of. Good luck at Forest and thanks for your great assist in our fantastic rise through the leagues. COYR SFCOLDBOY
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6:57pm Sat 28 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none!
On the TV I suppose?
[quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none![/p][/quote]On the TV I suppose? OSPREYSAINT
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8:04pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Invidia says...

I have always rated Dan Harding and to be honest I am not that over the moon about Fox, but he is cover for the youngster Luke Shaw who I believe is better than either of the two Dans of the last seasons, time indeed will tell if he gets his chance
I have always rated Dan Harding and to be honest I am not that over the moon about Fox, but he is cover for the youngster Luke Shaw who I believe is better than either of the two Dans of the last seasons, time indeed will tell if he gets his chance Invidia
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8:20pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Ashley Charles Pragnell says...

Well with Harding gone, I have a feeling Nigel will bring in a new left back. Watched Shaw today on the box and thought he showed some good touches.Could the exodus be beginning, Harding gone, Barnard, Forte and Dixon to follow. Nigel is planning to bring in three more players within the next fortnight.
Well with Harding gone, I have a feeling Nigel will bring in a new left back. Watched Shaw today on the box and thought he showed some good touches.Could the exodus be beginning, Harding gone, Barnard, Forte and Dixon to follow. Nigel is planning to bring in three more players within the next fortnight. Ashley Charles Pragnell
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10:04pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Saint Dirk Diggler says...

Did we swap him for one of their old kits ?
Did we swap him for one of their old kits ? Saint Dirk Diggler
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8:26am Sun 29 Jul 12

tricky-tree says...

Forest fan in peace.

It's nice to see some nice comments from Saints fans about an outgoing player, It's an all too frequent thing to see a player that has been sold on to another club being slated by his former fans, so it is refreshing to see all the positive comments you guys have made about Dan Harding.

From a Forest perspective, it's nice that we have finally got a left back as we haven't had an established left back for about 3 seasons, having to rely on loan signings.

Good luck to the saints this coming season, back in the prem. You deserved the promotion last season and you deserve to stay in the prem, especially after some of the performances you gave last year.

See you in a years time in the prem! (i hope lol)....Forest Til I Die, COYR
Forest fan in peace. It's nice to see some nice comments from Saints fans about an outgoing player, It's an all too frequent thing to see a player that has been sold on to another club being slated by his former fans, so it is refreshing to see all the positive comments you guys have made about Dan Harding. From a Forest perspective, it's nice that we have finally got a left back as we haven't had an established left back for about 3 seasons, having to rely on loan signings. Good luck to the saints this coming season, back in the prem. You deserved the promotion last season and you deserve to stay in the prem, especially after some of the performances you gave last year. See you in a years time in the prem! (i hope lol)....Forest Til I Die, COYR tricky-tree
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8:50am Sun 29 Jul 12

SFCOLDBOY says...

tricky-tree wrote:
Forest fan in peace.

It's nice to see some nice comments from Saints fans about an outgoing player, It's an all too frequent thing to see a player that has been sold on to another club being slated by his former fans, so it is refreshing to see all the positive comments you guys have made about Dan Harding.

From a Forest perspective, it's nice that we have finally got a left back as we haven't had an established left back for about 3 seasons, having to rely on loan signings.

Good luck to the saints this coming season, back in the prem. You deserved the promotion last season and you deserve to stay in the prem, especially after some of the performances you gave last year.

See you in a years time in the prem! (i hope lol)....Forest Til I Die, COYR
Good luck for the future.Dan is pacey and links well going forward.
Good move for you and for him.
COYR.
[quote][p][bold]tricky-tree[/bold] wrote: Forest fan in peace. It's nice to see some nice comments from Saints fans about an outgoing player, It's an all too frequent thing to see a player that has been sold on to another club being slated by his former fans, so it is refreshing to see all the positive comments you guys have made about Dan Harding. From a Forest perspective, it's nice that we have finally got a left back as we haven't had an established left back for about 3 seasons, having to rely on loan signings. Good luck to the saints this coming season, back in the prem. You deserved the promotion last season and you deserve to stay in the prem, especially after some of the performances you gave last year. See you in a years time in the prem! (i hope lol)....Forest Til I Die, COYR[/p][/quote]Good luck for the future.Dan is pacey and links well going forward. Good move for you and for him. COYR. SFCOLDBOY
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9:37am Sun 29 Jul 12

Jannersaint says...

D4n1el wrote:
Surely this must mean a new LB coming in soon? As much as Shaw is a fantastic prospect, I'm sure he won't be expected to provide complete cover for fox.
you were watching a different game to me.

Good luck Dan. Excellent player and key to our regeneration.
[quote][p][bold]D4n1el[/bold] wrote: Surely this must mean a new LB coming in soon? As much as Shaw is a fantastic prospect, I'm sure he won't be expected to provide complete cover for fox.[/p][/quote]you were watching a different game to me. Good luck Dan. Excellent player and key to our regeneration. Jannersaint
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9:38am Sun 29 Jul 12

Jannersaint says...

Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none!
Sorry! Meant to quote this post.
[quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none![/p][/quote]Sorry! Meant to quote this post. Jannersaint
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1:03pm Sun 29 Jul 12

keegans perm says...

Agree with all the positive things - Dan Harding was a great signing by Pardew, and even played right back in the Johnson Paints Final vctory. Dan, you served us very well over the past three years, thanks for all you gave us on the pitch. You were excellent in both seasons in League one, and you saw off the competition from Ryan Dickson and rightly kept your place in the team at the time. Being first choice in a big Championship team with aspirations at the top end is better than not being on the bench in the Prem.
Agree with all the positive things - Dan Harding was a great signing by Pardew, and even played right back in the Johnson Paints Final vctory. Dan, you served us very well over the past three years, thanks for all you gave us on the pitch. You were excellent in both seasons in League one, and you saw off the competition from Ryan Dickson and rightly kept your place in the team at the time. Being first choice in a big Championship team with aspirations at the top end is better than not being on the bench in the Prem. keegans perm
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3:54pm Sun 29 Jul 12

ventnorsaint says...

Dan Harding should have been retained, for this coming season at least! Bad move.
Dan Harding should have been retained, for this coming season at least! Bad move. ventnorsaint
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4:05pm Sun 29 Jul 12

Velleity says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none!
On the TV I suppose?
Since he's a WUM rather than a Saints fan, I'm sure he's never been through the gates of St Marys.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: Just been watching a Saints team totally outclassed.We aint got no pace in the forward line + No service in from ,Who the Wingers we aint got none![/p][/quote]On the TV I suppose?[/p][/quote]Since he's a WUM rather than a Saints fan, I'm sure he's never been through the gates of St Marys. Velleity
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1:22pm Mon 30 Jul 12

monkeybath says...

Cheers Dan,if ever you are in the area you are more than welcome to pop in for a cup of tea.
Cheers Dan,if ever you are in the area you are more than welcome to pop in for a cup of tea. monkeybath
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