Slade is counting down to the Saturday lunchtime kick-off in South Wales after an international break spent working with his new squad.
And, as a Forest fan in his youth, he is excited to be taking on the unbeaten Reds on his bow.
"I see it as an opportunity, it’s a challenge. It’s the sort of game we’ve got to embrace as a football club and a team.
"The one thing I will want is that Forest come to our place and leave knowing they have played one of the best teams they have played all season. That’s what I want us to achieve in the game."