Modern day contracts are rarely worth the paper they are printed on, and Nottingham Forest may be about to prove that point this summer.
The Reds have too many players on their books.
And are approaching another transfer window.
Which will inevitably bring even more into the City Ground arrivals lounge.
How to solve that problem?
Easy, get rid of a few.
The general consensus is that Forest would ideally be working with a squad half the size of what they currently boast.
That means there is a lot of work to be done.
Some deals are expiring and no extensions will be offered.
That’s a couple out of the door.
Loan agreements will be ending and no fresh talks sought.
A solid start has been made to the clear out, but there is a long way to go.
Those taking in spells elsewhere are set to return, while decisions need to be made on anyone already on the fringes of the fold.
Are they worth retaining?
If not, then they need to be moved on.
Finding a buyer would be the obvious preference, but that may be easier said than done in some instances.
If that is the case, then tough calls need to be made.
Keeping players who do not figure in Martin O’Neill’s plans is a pointless exercise.
The club would be better off tearing up some contracts and putting the money saved to better use elsewhere.
Reds legend Garry Birtles has said in the Nottingham Post on this subject: “It’s going to be hard for Martin to move players out to give him wriggle room to bring in those new recruits he wants, unless the club decide to pay contracts off.
“Should they opt to go down that path, it could certainly prove to be an expensive move and one that the club won’t take lightly.”
Expensive initially, yes.
But potentially cost-cutting with a bigger picture in mind.
Forest have plenty of stragglers left over from previous regimes – managerial and ownership.
Some will be on big money and doing little to justify such a wage packet.
The vast majority of players – not all – would have no issue walking away from a contract if they felt the grass was greener elsewhere.
That should not be a one-way street.
A few of those on the banks of the Trent need to discover that the process works both ways.