The Nottingham Forest academy is one of the most highly-rated in English football; given the club’s proud history of producing players.

Over the years the Reds have become renowned for nurturing some desperately good footballers.

Most notable names include Michael Dawson, Andy Reid, Jermaine Jenas and Wes Morgan.

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The class of 2019 are doing pretty well this season too.

Arvin Appiah made his league debut against Leeds United, whilst Ryan Yates has been on the bench in recent weeks.

Following last night’s 5-0 demolition of Exeter City in the Premier League Under-23 Cup, a new name emerged as a potential academy graduate.

Striker Virgil Gomis netted a devastating hat-trick during the win in the West Country; thrusting his name into Martin O’Neill’s thoughts in the process.

Now or never

Gomis is out of contract at the City Ground this summer and it remains to be seen whether he will be handed a chance before the campaign comes to a close.

Forest fans love the sentiment of seeing one of their own prospects donning the famous red jersey for the first-team and Gomis could be next off the conveyor belt of talent.

The Reds aren’t blessed with lots of striking options at the moment and that could definitely enhance his chances of a first-team berth.

Gomis is quick, comes alive in the penalty box and works hard to bring his team mates into play.

An all-action, hardworking forward is exactly the sort of player that will excite the Forest faithful.

The consensus among lots of supporters is that Gomis is ready for the step-up to first-team football.

Time will tell whether new Forest boss O’Neill shares such a notion.

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