Former Barnsley player Louis Walsh has been handed the chance to earn a permanent deal at Nottingham Forest, according to the Nottingham Post.

The winger is on trial at the City Ground and played for 76 minutes of Forest’s Under-23 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Monday.

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Walsh is 18 and predominantly plays on the right-wing. The Nottingham Post have confirmed him as an ‘ex-Barnsley player’, although according to the Tykes’ official website, he remains part of their Under-23 squad.

The youngster signed for the Tykes in July but was loaned out to National League North outfit Guiseley.

During his time with the West Yorkshire-based outfit, he played two FA Cup fixtures against Cambridge and Fleetwood.


Walsh is known as a bit of a speed merchant and the Reds will run the rule over him at the Nigel Doughty Academy.

Prior to featuring in Monday’s win over the Owls, Walsh played in the Reds’ 3-0 defeat at Coventry City last month.

Walsh’s arrival on Trentside indicates that the academy staff are still actively seeking more talented youngsters.

The Reds have a proud history of handing young players a platform to go on and become first-team regulars.

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Ben Osborn and Matty Cash are frequent members of the first-team; whilst Joe Worrall, Jordan Smith and Tyler Walker are graduates who are currently excelling on loan.

If Walsh can earn a contract at the club then who knows how far he can go under the stewardship of Forest’s excellent academy coaches.

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