Nottingham Forest boast a proud history of producing quality players from their own academy.

The Reds have cashed in on the vast majority of their top performing prospects; whilst some, Ben Osborn for example, have gone on to become mainstays in the Forest first-team.

One of the more intriguing prospects right now is 24-year-old Jorge Grant.

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The versatile attacker is currently on his third loan spell away from the City Ground but it is fair to say that he has thrived during each one.

Currently, he is complimenting a formidable Mansfield Town team that looks in cruise control towards securing a place in League One next season.

Devastating form

In four games he has helped himself to four goals, whilst he has also assisted two others and generally, he has looked like one of the best players in the division.

It isn’t really a surprise as Forest fans know that Grant can play.

Last season he spent time with Notts County and his 19 goals and nine assists in all competitions helped an unfancied Magpies into the League Two play-offs.

After smashing the fourth tier out of the park he was sent to Luton Town of League One at the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

A solid first half of the season saw Grant net twice and lay claim to one assist before a managerial change at Kenilworth Road saw him recalled by Forest.

Heading out to the Stags did come as a bit of a shock given that it meant another foray into a league where he is easily one of the very best.

Playing football is key, however, and he will probably have spoke with fellow academy graduates Jordan Smith and Tyler Walker to grasp how much they are enjoying playing for Mansfield this season.

Grant will have a year left on his contract at the City Ground when he returns from the Stags in the summer.

The most important thing for the Reds is that the 24-year-old returns with a determination to finally become a first-team regular at the City Ground.

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