After years of letting players’ contracts expire, and seeing them depart on free transfers, Nottingham Forest have committed both Chris Cohen and Karl Darlow to new deals.

Goalkeeper Darlow, currently on loan at Walsall, signed a three-year contract on Friday while Cohen agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal today.

Chairman Omar Al Hasawi said: “Chris is an ambitious player and wants to play at the very highest level.

“We share his ambition for Nottingham Forest and it is fantastic news that he wants to play a key role in the future of our great club.”

Cohen told Forest Player: “The thought of letting my contract run down just didn’t interest me – I’ve been a Forest player for five years and can’t wait for the next phase of my career with the Club.

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“The support I was given by everyone at the club during my injury lay-off was superb and the ambition being shown by the new owners, the Al Hasawi family, is very exciting.

“They have big plans for the club and I’m excited to be a part of that.

“I’m grateful for the faith and trust they have put in me by offering me a new contract and I’m looking forward to repaying them.

“I love Nottingham and can see myself living here after I’ve finished my playing career.”

Cohen joined Forest from Yeovil in a joint-deal with Arron Davies in 2007 and has made up over 200 appearances. After suffering a serious knee ligament injury last September he has been back in action this season.

Sean O’Driscoll added: “[Darlow] is a goalkeeper who has been impressing for a long time. He needed to go out and play. We were both happy for him to go just about anywhere to get some games – he sees that as a progression, to actually be responsible for a team and their results.

“He’s got a bright future. Paul Barron has vast experience of coaching very good goalkeepers and I think he sees a great deal of potential in him. He’s doing really well at Walsall and I’m pleased that he’s signed a new deal with us.”

Other players whose contracts expire at the end of the season include Dexter Blackstock, Andy Reid, Lewis McGugan, Radi Majewski and Brendan Moloney.

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