Nottingham Forest academy graduate Adam Crookes has offered the Nottingham Post an insight into his future.
The 21-year-old is currently on loan with Port Vale and his deal at the City Ground comes to an end in the summer.
An uncompromising central defender, Crookes has played 11 times for the League Two outfit, having spent an unsuccessful period at Lincoln City.
Due to uncertainties over his future beyond this season, Crookes is relishing first-team football.
He told the Nottingham Post: “I am just focusing on my game at the minute and getting games under my belt.
“At the end of the season, we will see what happens. Nothing is concrete just yet so we will see.”
Given that he isn’t able to impress Martin O’Neill directly during his loan spell that could see the youngster depart at the end of the season.
He does consider, however, that playing senior football on a frequent basis might be a factor in his decision.
Crookes continued: “My contract is up at the end of the season so I haven’t got long there.
“I think at my age, 21, I need to be cementing myself in a first-team, game time will play a big part.”
Seat Pitch Verdict
These comments from Crookes do sound very much as though he is resigned to the prospect of not being a Forest player next season.
Whenever an academy prospect is released without playing a first-team game it always represents a disappointment.
Sometimes that is football, however.
The 21-year-old has looked solid during his time at Vale Park and there is every suggestion that he can have a Football League future away from the City Ground.