Joe Worrall is back at Nottingham Forest.

But is he back for good?

The 22-year-old defender is certainly hoping that proves to be the case.

A loan spell at Rangers was all well and good, but Ibrox is not the City Ground.

For a Hucknall native, there is no place like home.

The intention is that time in Glasgow has made Worrall better placed to stake a claim for a regular role in Nottingham.

Another home-grown talent wants to follow in some illustrious footsteps.

Like Steve Chettle and Wes Morgan before him, a local boy is eager to star in his own backyard.


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Martin O’Neill is willing to give him a chance.

Worrall will be given every opportunity over the summer to prove his worth.

If he catches the eye, then a place in the Reds’ plans for 2019-20 is there for the taking.

And beyond that, there is the potential for discussions regarding his long-term future.

Worrall wants that to be on Trentside.

A man currently tied to a contract through to 2022 is already looking beyond that point.

He has said in the Nottingham Post: “I definitely want to be here when the new stadium is finished.

“I have a couple of years left on my contract and I want to be here for as long as I can; to play as many games as I can.”

Worrall is buying into the ambitious project being pieced together by Forest.

A stadium upgrade and top tier football form part of the City Ground blueprint.


“If Forest can get into the Premier League, with the season ticket sales, the new stadium on the horizon – this could be a huge club,” added Worrall.

“You are looking at the glory days again, hopefully, in five or six years time. That is the aim, at least.”

Glory days may sound a tad optimistic, but why not aim high!

Forest are gathering all of the right pieces, they just need to put them together.

Worrall may well be part of that puzzle.

He is no longer an inexperienced academy graduate who is a little wet behind the ears.

Championship experience already graces his CV, along with a taste of life under an Old Firm spotlight.

If his potential can now truly be unlocked, and consistency established, then there is every reason to believe that his contract and promotion dreams will be realised.

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