Date:Tuesday May 1 2007
Ian Breckin today insisted Nottingham Forest must keep hold of Jack Lester.
Saturday's two-goal hero is out of contract in the summer and is yet to be offered a new deal at the City Ground.
Forest manager Colin Calderwood has already hinted he may yet keep a player he was prepared to release in January.
And Reds skipper Breckin is certain Lester still has plenty to offer.
He said: 'I hope he can get something sorted out. The way he's playing at the moment, he's proving that he deserves it.
'He's had a few bad injuries, but he's a fantastic player.'
Lester, 31, looked set to end his Forest career in January with Gillingham, Peterborough and Northampton all showing interest. But he has since re-established himself in Calderwood's first-choice forward line.
His two goals against Leyton Orient on Saturday took his total for the season to eight and kept alive Forest's hopes of automatic promotion.
Calderwood says he will wait until the end of the season before deciding on the futures of Lester and other out of contract players John Curtis and Gary Holt.
But Breckin reckons the striker's recent performances show he can still be a pivotal figure at the club.
'In the last ten or 15 games when he's had a run in the team, he's been superb,' said Breckin. 'He's been the difference in a lot of the games and scored some fantastic goals.
'I've played against him in the past and he's a real handful.
'He never gives you a minute and at the moment he's one of our best players.
'He's got a bit of quality about him.
'He wriggles out of tight situations and when he gets in he can finish as well.'
Source: Nottingham Evening Post
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