Oldham Athletic have signed Oliver Hammond on a one-and-a-half year deal from Nottingham Forest, on the eve of their National League game at Eastleigh.

The defensive midfielder is a product of Forest’s Academy and has been capped nine times by Wales Under 21s.

The 21-year-old completed his move in time to be eligible for selection for Latics tomorrow, and has travelled with his new team-mates to Hampshire.

And Latics boss Micky Mellon is excited by Hammond's potential.

"We're delighted to get another young, ambitious player," he said.

"A Welsh international and ex-Nottingham Forest player he comes with great pedigree and potential.

"We're really excited to be a part of Oli's development.

"Getting a lad so highly thought of is another great signing for the club."

After finalising the deal, Hammond added: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign for Oldham Athletic, a lot of work has gone into this move from everyone, and I can’t wait to get going.

“Oldham is a huge club which shouldn’t be in this division, I want to do my part to rectify that, and get the club back to where it belongs.

“I’m really looking forward to what the next few months and beyond have in store.”

Hammond is highly-rated by Forest and has been in and around the first team since 2021, twice making the bench in the Premier League last season.

He started the 2023/24 campaign on loan at Cheltenham and made 11 appearances for the Robins before returning to the City Ground at the end of that six-month spell to be snapped up by Latics boss Micky Mellon.