With Nottingham Forest currently possessing five goalkeepers on their books, it seems unthinkable that only a couple of seasons ago the Reds were struggling for a stopper.

Brice Samba, Aro Muric, Jordan Smith, Costel Pantilimon and Luke Steele (on-loan at Millwall) are all under contract at the City Ground.

Rewind to the 2017/18 campaign, however, and Mark Warburton wasn’t quite so blessed with such an embarrassment of riches in the goalkeeping department.

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Smith was the first choice for the former Reds boss, with Stephen Henderson and Dimitar Evtimov in reserve.

One man who was targeted by Warburton as a potential addition to the club’s goalkeepers was Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan (Nottinghamshire Live). He has since departed Anfield but back in 2017 was deemed surplus under Jurgen Klopp.

Missing out on a move to the City Ground couldn’t have gone much worse for the man with 20 caps for Hungary. He failed to earn a move prior to the 2017/18 campaign and didn’t play a single minute of football during that season.

During 2018/19 he went on loan to Hibernian and played in 25 games. He did, however, finish the season on the fringes after falling way down the pecking order under Paul Heckingbottom.

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Throughout his career, Bodgan has been notorious for having an error up his sleeve and one too many at Easter Road saw him deemed surplus.

Now 32, Bogdan was released by Liverpool during the summer and has been forced to wait patiently for a club to show their interest in securing his services.

Opportunity knocks

According to their official website, Swedish giants, AIK have invited the agile performer to train with the team this week ahead of potentially penning a deal with the club.

Bogdan’s career could have been so different had he ended up signing for Forest and he must view that as a missed opportunity.

The fact he wasn’t even considered useful enough for Hibs at the end of last season perhaps make it a bullet dodged as far as Forest are concerned.

Not signing Bogdan was the catalyst for Smith to establish himself as Forest’s number one goalkeeper for half a season. Following Aitor Karanka’s arrival in January, he signed Pantilimon and Smith was demoted to the bench.

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The big Romanian kept 15 clean sheets in the Championship last season but hasn’t been included in a matchday squad so far this season; falling behind Samba and Muric in the pecking order.

There is no guarantee for Bogdan, however, that he will earn a contract with AIK but the fact he doesn’t have a club represents just how far his career has fallen.

Although he has 26 appearances in the top-flight, the ex-Wigan and Bolton man might be left wondering what might have been had he managed to secure a move to the City Ground two years ago.

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