Forest's Brereton & City Ground Boosts
Nottingham Forest have secured the long-term future of Ben Brereton, which, albeit a cynical view, will ensure the Reds get the best possible deal if the Premier League big hitters watching on do up reported interest.
Brereton, who had been scoring goals for fun at various levels below the first team, made his debut against Leeds in January. That was followed up with his full debut against Rotherham in the next game - his maiden goal was scored when he came off the bench in a victory over Aston Villa in February.
In total Brereton, 18, scored three goals last season but would be expected to score plenty more in the years ahead, now contracted to the City Ground until 2021.
A delighted Brereton told the Official Website: 'I am delighted to have signed a new contract. It is a great club to be at and I can't wait to find out what the future holds. It was good last year to breakthrough into the first team. It was tough as well but people believed in me and I was given my opportunity and thankfully I took it.'
The aim is to continue working hard under Mark Warburton, taking the chances, scoring goals too, when they come along.
He said: 'Mark Warburton is a great manager and I like his style of play. He believes in me and kept on playing me at the end of last season; I just need to keep working hard, get some more games under my belt and try and score some more goals.'
A good pre-season and the striker feels Forest can enjoy success after the disappointment last time round - of course this could have been worse if the Reds were relegated.
'Hopefully we can have a good pre-season, get in good shape and, with the style of football that the manager wants us to play, we can have a good season. We have a good set of lads so hopefully this season we can push on.'
His committing of his future to Forest was a boost but another huge one for the Reds' future is the news the City Ground has been added to the community asset register, which could have put the iconic stadium in danger and impacted on the clubs' long-term hopes.
The City Ground belongs to Forest, our home since 1898, but the land on which it's built was actually owned by Nottingham City Council.
However, the Nottingham Forest Supporters' Trust (NFST) proposal for this to be registered as an Asset of Community Value, supported by new owner Evangelos Marinakis, has secured such status.
The NFST chair was quoted by Sky Sports: 'It all adds to the feel-good factor that is surrounding the football club right now. The ground being formally registered an Asset of Community Value (ACV) is something that we set out to secure, not only because it aligns with our vision of safeguarding the future of the club but, perhaps more crucially, it ensures that fans have a voice on that future.
Adding: 'It is also incredibly encouraging that this application was supported by the new executive board of the club, underlying their clear intention to embrace fan involvement in forging a positive future for Nottingham Forest.'