Wes Morgan has left the door open for an emotional return to Nottingham Forest, with it possible that he could follow the lead of current captain Michael Dawson.

One product of the Reds’ youth system returned to Trentside in the summer of 2018.

Could another follow two years on?

Should he be snapped up for one last hurrah in a distinguished career?

Those are questions for another day, but Morgan is certainly an intriguing option.

He has told the Nottingham Post: “I had a great time at Forest, spent almost 10 years at the club.

“It feels like a hundred years ago now since I’ve been here. But I always keep an eye on Forest and hope they do well.

“Right now they’re doing fantastic in the league. Hopefully they can keep it going.

Interested

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“Who knows what could happen? Come this time next year they might have got promoted and they might ask if I’m interested in joining the club.

“Basically, who knows the future? Let’s see what happens. It would be nice to get back on the City Ground at some point. You never know what could happen.”

Morgan is only tied to terms at Leicester until 2020.

As things stand he will become a free agent at the end of the current campaign.

When Dawson dropped into that pool, Forest were quick to fish him out.

It may be worth dusting off that net to land another familiar face.

Morgan, like Dawson, is 35 years of age and approaching the end of one professional road.

It could, however, be that another opens up for two men with strong ties to the Reds.

And those at the City Ground may be the ones to benefit.

Morgan is working on his coaching badges, and Dawson has been mooted as managerial material for the future.

Option

Could there be a role for both in Nottingham?

The likes of Jack Lester and Chris Cohen have taken that path in the recent past so why not explore the option of getting two more Reds involved?

It also remains to be seen what the end of the current campaign will bring for Dawson.

He has been a talismanic presence when fit this season, but is into the final 12 months of his own contract.

Were he to head into retirement next summer, then Morgan would be a like-for-like replacement.

If Dawson were to get an extension, then having a Premier League title winner as an alternative option would be no bad thing.

Given the current state of play, and the struggles to cover for the injured skipper, Morgan would have been a welcome choice to step in.

Allowing heart to rule head can be a dangerous business, especially in sporting circles, but the chance to bring the ‘Mighty Oak’ back to the Forest feels like one that is too good to pass up.

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