Matty Cash has been billed as Nottingham Forest’s ‘Duracell Bunny’, with the cap certainly fitting for a player with boundless energy.

For the City Ground academy graduate, full throttle is the only setting.

Even if running on fumes, Cash finds a way of getting to his final destination.

Like the aforementioned bunny, he is capable of being stronger for longer.

Which is just as well given the positional change he has made on Trentside.

When operating on the wing, energy tends to be used in bursts.

A sprint down the flank followed by a slow trudge back to halfway.

There is no rest period for those filling an attacking full-back berth.

Cash is now expected to get both up and down the right side for Forest, making a telling contribution at both ends of the field.


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He has embraced the role and what it demands.

Any early teething problems have been replaced by a smile as broad and dazzling as the one possessed by the affable 22-year-old.

Reds legend Kenny Burns is the man to have bestowed a new moniker on Cash.

He has said in the Nottingham Post: “Cash is like a Duracell Bunny – he just keeps going and going, hopefully he won’t run out of power.”

There is no sign of that happening so far.

And we are into another welcome break.

Cash, and those around him in Lamouchi’s squad, have been given an opportunity to recharge the batteries.

That should help to have them all at full power for a trip to Bristol City.

They are going to need to be heading towards the busy festive period, with the next shutdown in domestic duty not due until March.

Cash and Co are going to be pushed to the limit.



Forest do, however, have added depth at their disposal.

Another option is closing in on a return to fitness at right-back.

Lamouchi said in the Nottingham Post heading towards a 1-0 win over Derby: “Carl Jenkinson has started to run, so that’s good news.”

Good news for everybody – Cash included.

Not that he needs any incentive to maintain his current standards, but having someone breathing down your neck does help to sharpen the focus.

Knowing that his place in the side is not guaranteed should be beneficial to the collective cause.

Jenkinson, once back in contention, will want to see minutes.

Cash will not give up his shirt without a fight, you can bank on that.

He has been one of the stars of the season for Forest so far – a welcome and somewhat surprise one – and needs to keep running himself into the ground to cement that status.

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