For several years Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox proved something of an enigma at the City Ground.

Signed in 2014 by Billy Davies, Fox has seen it all during his time in the East Midlands.

The 32-year-old has played under six different managers at Forest; with O’Neill set to become number seven if he features on Saturday.

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Fox has been a bit-part player, been frozen out completely, whilst over the last year he has transformed as a player and even captained the side on occasions.

Reported interest

The defender’s time at Forest could now be set to end.

As reported by the Nottingham Post, Saturday’s opponents Wigan Athletic are keen to sign Fox.

The experienced performer is out of contract in the summer and the Latics look set to pounce this month.

The news of a potential exit asks the question of whether or not Fox would be missed at the football club.

At 32 it would hardly represent great business to hand him another contract.

Okay, Forest offered Michael Dawson two years at 34, but there is a significant gulf in quality between those two.

Fox has done a job for the Reds, particularly after filling in at centre-back.

There were serious question marks over Fox as a left-back, yet it is fair to say he has improved in the middle when called upon.

One thing that Fox does possess is a lot of heart and determination.

Even when he was frozen out completely during Dougie Freedman’s spell at the club, he never sulked and he is a man who genuinely looks like he cares about pulling on a Forest shirt.

Is that commitment to the cause enough though?

With the club now run by an ambitious owner who is genuinely serious about winning promotion, it seems that only the best will be good enough for the Reds.

That might not include Fox.

Letting him go now and getting a fee would be much better business than simply allowing his contract to expire during the summer.

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It might seem a somewhat harsh move given that he has shown on occasions this season that he can be a good player.

Forest’s best form this season came when Tobias Figueiredo and Michael Dawson were the defensive pairing; proving there is life after Fox.

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