Nottingham Forest allowed striker Virgil Gomis to join Notts County on loan for the remainder of the season last month.
The 19-year-old has linked up with Neal Ardley’s side to try and help them steer clear of potential relegation out of the Football League. He made his debut for Notts at the weekend in a 1-1 draw against Lincoln City.
The relationship between the two clubs either side of the River Trent has arguably declined slightly in recent times. This was mainly down to Forest’s decision to recall midfielder Ryan Yates last January so they could send him on loan to Scunthorpe United in League One.
At the time, Notts chairman Alan Hardy told the Nottingham Post that he felt there needed to be “trust restored” between the two clubs. He felt that the Reds had been giving mixed messages about Yates.
This came as somewhat of a surprise considering the amount of players the Reds had previously loaned to Notts. For example, if it wasn’t for the contribution of Jorge Grant and Yates last season, it’s unlikely that Notts would’ve made the League Two play-offs.
However, following Gomis’ move to Meadow Lane, it seems that the relationship between the two clubs is on the mend. It’ll be interesting to see whether he can help them in their battle for survival.
‘A chance to shine’ for Gomis
Forest legend Garry Birtles has recently spoken in the Nottingham Post about the relationship between the two clubs. He hopes that this move could be the start of a more positive understanding moving forward.
He said: “It’s good to see Nottingham Forest have let young striker Virgil Gomis join Notts County on loan.
“Having that relationship between the two clubs again can be beneficial for everyone.
“No-one wants to see Notts get relegated. It would be bad for the city. So it’s good Forest have tried to help them out.”
There’s no doubt that Gomis is very highly-rated at the City Ground. However, he’s still got a long way to go in his development. His first taste of regular first team football came at Braintree earlier this season.
He made five appearances for the Iron during a two-month spell at the National League club. He did manage to score once during his time at the club, coming in a 4-2 win away at Bromley.
Joining Notts on loan is certainly a step-up for Gomis, and Birtles believes it’s the perfect opportunity for him to show his potential.
He said: “Going out on loan gives players like Gomis a chance to shine. It’s an opportunity to impress and catch people’s eye, whether that be at your own club or somewhere else.
“Hopefully Virgil can play a part in helping Notts survive because it’s horrible to see them down there, fighting to stay in the Football League.”